Officer shoots dog at Rainbow Family gathering in Eastern Oregon

FILE--In this June 28, 2016 file photo, members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light gather under a tarp at their campsite in Mount Tabor, Vt. Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for this year's Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, file)

CANYON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service officer shot and killed a pit bull at the Rainbow Family gathering in Eastern Oregon.

The Forest Service says the officer was counting cars in a parking lot Tuesday when he saw two unleashed dogs. One of the dogs charged and was shot once. The dog died at an animal hospital in Canyon City.

An independent investigator will investigate the incident that sparked an angry reaction from the dog's owners and other attendees.

The counter-culture peace gathering began in 1972 and occurs each year in a different national forest.

As many as 20,000 people are expected for this year's festival in the Malheur National Forest. It begins July 1, but some have arrived early.

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