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Dog Shot, Killed by Murrieta Police After it Attacks 2 Others

A Murrieta police officer euthanized an Akita dog Friday morning after it reportedly attacked two other dogs—one who died—and came at responding officers.

This story was updated at 5:10 p.m. Nov. 30 to inlcude more information from a news release issued by Murrieta police.

An Akita dog was shot and killed by police Friday morning in Murrieta after it reportedly attacked two other dogs—killing one of them—and ultimately came at an officer, police said.

Murrieta police received a call at 7:53 a.m. Friday from a person walking their dog in the 24400 block of Skyview Ridge Drive who said a large male adult Akita wearing a collar had attacked their dog, a Corgi, according to Murrieta police Lt. Rob Firmes.

"The call was initially that a large dog had just attacked a small dog at the location," Firmes said. "The woman began striking the Akita with her umbrella as she attempted to save her own dog."

Firmes said good Samaritans came to the woman's aid and were able to quell the attack as the Akita fled.

"The reporting party called and followed the dog—the dog was covered in blood—which was now on Avenida Arconte and Skyview Ridge," Firmes said.

Murrieta police called Animal Friends of the Valleys for a priority response, then monitored the dog's movements until animal control officers could arrive, Firmes said.

Officers followed the dog—maintaining visual contact—to ensure the safety of children walking to nearby Shivela Middle School, Firmes said.

By about 8:27 a.m. the Akita had made its way several blocks to Alondra Drive and Alicia Way, where it attacked a leashed dog that was in its front yard with its owner, Firmes said.

A Murrieta officer used a Taser gun to shock the dog, which allowed the owner of the small dog to retreat into their home, Firmes said.

After the five-second shock from the Taser wore off, Firmes said "that is when (the dog) turned and came at the officer," who drew his gun and shot it.

"Fearing for his own safety, the officer drew his firearm and shot the approaching Akita, which died at the scene," Firmes said.

Firmes said the officer, who was accompanied by at least two others, followed procedure "to the letter."

"They are permitted to use deadly force against a vicious animal when there is an imminent threat," Firmes said. "There was no time. Given that the dog had already attacked two dogs it was reasonable for them to expect the dog would bite. Dogs that size can do a lot of damage."

The dog weighed an estimated 150 pounds, he said.

The shooting officer was not injured, nor were the others, he said.

Once animal control arrived, it was determined that the dog was micro-chipped; therefore its owner could be contacted, according to Sgt. Dave Baca, who was at the scene Friday morning where yellow police tape was stretched across the intersection at Alondra and Alicia.

The dog's body was lifted from the sidewalk and taken away in an animal control van.

The first dog that was attacked was rushed to a veterinary hospital, Firmes said. As of 10:45 a.m., the dog, a Welsh Corgi, had succumbed to its injures, he said.

Firmes added that animal control officers went to registered home address of the Akita, where they found another Akita nearby that had been reported loose. It was determined that both dogs belonged to the same Murrieta owner, and animal control took in the second dog, he said.

The officer-involved shooting will be thoroughly investigated, Firmes said.

censored messenger December 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
"HE" is not a big teddy bear..."he" is not a human..... It was a vicious killing beast, and nothing more.
Mozzie December 02, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I think it's reasonable to "follow" a dog if you want to find out where it lives and who the owner is. Hard to tell if it micro-chipped from a distance.
husker December 02, 2012 at 06:05 AM
to the owners of all the dogs involved, they are pets that are part of the families, all have losses. though one not be judged. dogs sometimes escape, from there homes and go exploring, saddly this was an akita male, a very large 1 at that. they are the most protective doag to there families, a male akita is aggressive toward male dogs.saddely this one got out, and paid the price.
Michael December 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM
What "certain type of people" beach mom?
Brenda December 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Pitbulls, rottweilers and akita's get a bad rap and are kept isolated when "saved". Hideous excuses for humans use them for fighting because of the large unhinged jaw. A person hoping to save one learn fast that in most cases their mistreatment has gone too far. These animals are born with the same thinking, reasoning skills as all dogs. You train them! Acclimate them to dogs and people when pups. We take our pups to dog parks and beaches and meet new people and dogs of every single size and breed. We did this with our dogs and people would see this huge 125lb shephard unleashed and "mouth" to us OMFG right. They would immediately see he just wanted to play with all the dogs of all sizes shapes and personalities. If they growled at him he would bounce around and act goofy more. LOL. Once a dog is so mistreated and left to themselves for years in a backyard with no love, no interactions of any kind with people or animals, and beaten they are too far gone. There is NOTHING wrong if you take them home and raise them just like any other pet, constant love, discipline. Keeping a person close to the dog when around children and other dogs is a must with any pets. Take them to animal parks, beaches at 12 weeks, walk nightly, meet neighbor dogs, play ball with the kids. Spay and neuter, this will calm down all types of dogs and get rid of the "fighting hormones". Dogs Just Want To Play!! Treats! Share with all pets around yours as that teaches sharing!

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