Two St. Bernard dogs were shot on Sunday in Red Bluff, California 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. The sad update on the surviving dog was announced late Monday evening:
“I am sad to report that Alegra passed away at 9:18pm last night,” posted witness Amy Ball on her Facebook page.
The vet bill is $2800, Alegra and Annie’s owner wishes to have both dogs cremated. All donations will be going towards the vet bills and cremation cost. #justiceforannie&alegra”
According to the Red Bluff Police Department report, 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 the officer arrived, 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. When they 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; the officer stating he became trapped between his car and a fence as the dogs approached. He 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.
A conflicting report by eyewitness Amy Ball paints a different account of the situation stating the report written on the Red Bluff Police Department’s Facebook page is completely false. When Amy first spotted the dogs in her front yard, other dogs began barking at them. The St. Bernards, who just moved into the neighborhood with their owner, had escaped from their backyard with Amy stating the dogs were not bothering anyone and just exploring the area.
In a report by the Record Searchlight, Amy stated when the officer arrived he attempted to corral the dogs using his patrol car forcing the dogs into the driveway of a nearby home. She said he actually pushed the dogs with his vehicle. And so Ball, thinking the dogs were safe and they would be brought back to their homes, started to walk home. After walking just a few feet, she heard two gunshots ring out and ran back to the area near a small fence where the officer continued to fire; she screamed at the officer to stop shooting. One of the dogs had dropped after the first shot, however the officer continued to shoot and immediately took aim at the other dog that had been walking away.
The owner of the Alegra and Annie has not made any statements at this time. An investigation continues and detectives have asked the community to be patient with the investigative process. it is not known why so many shots were fired at the dogs. Additional information will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.
Rest in peace sweet dogs.
(Photos of dogs shot in Red Bluff via Amy Ball on FB)
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(Photos two St. Bernard dogs via Facebook Amy Ball, Kevin Hutchinson)