Two St. Bernard dogs were shot on Sunday in Red Bluff, California; one is dead and the other is fighting for her life after an officer from the Red Bluff Police Department reported the dogs were aggressive, and he felt compelled to fire several shots killing one of the dogs and critically wounding the other.
According to Action News, police received a call regarding two St. Bernard dogs running loose on Nelson Drive. The person calling in the situation told authorities the dogs had chased a little girl riding her bicycle, and the dogs were acting aggressively. When an officer arrived, he stated he used pepper spray to deter the dogs at which time the dogs ran away. The officer said he followed the dogs in his patrol car trying to find out where they lived. As the dogs entered the yard of a home, the officer exited his patrol car and spoke with a neighbor, but suddenly the officer said the dogs began to bark and charged at him aggressively stating he became trapped between his car and a fence as the dogs approached. He then pulled his revolver and fired several shots at one of the dogs closest to him contending the other dog kept barking aggressively. He then fired at the second dog killing him.
The dogs were not immediately transported to emergency veterinary care as the one surviving dog bled; the officer stating the situation was not calm in the neighborhood. The dog remains in critical condition.
During an investigation directly following the incident, the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office reported the dogs had just arrived in the neighborhood and had escaped their new surroundings.
A woman who witnessed the entire incident disagrees with what the police and district attorney’s office have reported. Amy Ball said she had never seen the dogs before in her neighborhood, and they were anything but aggressive; she was able to approach both dogs to look for collars so they could be returned to their owner. Neither of the dogs barked or growled when she came near them.
As Amy turned around to return home, she noticed the police officer arrive at the scene and went over to tell him the dogs were not aggressive. She stated the officer stayed in his vehicle, corralled the dogs and stated animal control was on their way, but no sooner had she started to walk back to her home, she heard multiple shots. Amy ran towards the officer screaming at him to stop as he reloaded his weapon. According to Amy, the second dog was not barking or approaching the officer – the dog had been walking away. The officer then shot the second dog.
The police report from the Red Bluff Police Department cites one of the dogs bit a resident, but has not provided any details as to the nature of the injury.
“These dogs were not aggressive. The police report is all lies. I watched him murder the dogs. He was no where near a fence. He shot the dogs due to there large size. His words to me ” is it wrong for me to fear them due to size” after I told him I know you shot these dogs because they were large,” Amy posted on Facebook accompanied by the photos of the injured and dead dog lying in the middle of the street.
Another witness who offered to corral the dogs in his backyard until the owner could be located, videoed the disturbing situation. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and have asked the community to be patient with the investigative process. Additional information will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help with the veterinarian bills for the surviving St. Bernard named Alegra.
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(Photos two St. Bernard dogs via Facebook Amy Ball, Kevin Hutchinson)
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