On Wednesday afternoon, a 14-year-old Labrador retriever mix was gunned down by an officer with the Vallejo, Calif. police department.
According to SFGate.com, Erika Gregory, 49, had phoned police to report a case of identity theft. When an officer arrived to her home, he did not see any dogs in the yard and let himself in through a gate.
Unfortunately, Gregory’s two dogs heard the officer and charged around the corner, approaching the officer in a manner which he perceived as threatening.
The officer, identified as Chase Calhoun, has stated that he tried to back-up, but the dogs continued to approach aggressively. According to police Lt. Ken Weaver,
“they closed the gap on him almost immediately,”
“He felt they were trying to attack him and, in his defense, he fired two rounds, striking the closest dog.”
Tragically, the senior dog’s death appears to be the result of miscommunication.
According to Gregory, when she phoned the police, nobody informed her that an officer would be coming to her home. Had they let her know, she has stated that she would have put her dogs away.
Gregory describes the deceased dog, “Belle”, as,
“sweetest family dog you could ever hope to have, who is also a really good watchdog.”
Gregory describes herself, and her family, as supportive of the police, stating:
“big fans of the police. I feel a lot of compassion for the police officer who shot my dog.”
But she questions why deadly force was this officer’s first choice for handling the situation.
The second dog, 14-year-old “Flicka” who had rounded the corner with Belle, was not injured by the officer.
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