Monday, October 21, 2013

Boise Police After Shooting Dog: 'Officers Never Want to Harm an Animal'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

In what Boise Police are calling an "unfortunate situation," law enforcement shot and killed a dog during an Oct. 20 incident in the area of N. 28th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

Police said they were investigating a theft reported in the area. Two officers were standing in a parking lot when they said that a dog began running toward them in what they called "an aggressive, potentially dangerous manner," with the dog coming within three feet from the officers. According to a police report, witnesses "described the dog as barking and snarling as it approached the officers."

"Officers never want to harm an animal," said Deputy Chief Pete Ritter. "The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved."

The dog was killed by a single shot fired from one of the officers. The animal died at the scene.

KTVB-7 reports that the owners of the animal, a mixed breed that went by the name of Kita, were "outraged over the death of their 5-year-old dog."

"She was walking by and went 'ruff ruff' just a couple of little ruffs and that's when she was walking by; she didn't jump at him or anything," neighbor Bryan Adams told KTVB-7.

The dog's owners said "the officer acted too fast" and their biggest worry on their minds was the dog's six two-week old puppies.

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