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.

kristin c November 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Luisa, these were akitas also known to e aggressive. Why they were allowed to be roaming free is beyond me. People really need to secure their animals for their own protection as well as others. We have neighbors who have had 3 dogs die from being mauled or hit by a car because they won't patch a hole in their gate
SA November 30, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I have handled Akita dog bite cases and although Akita’s are extremely loyal to their family it is the strangers that need to stand warned. Akita’s were originally bred to hunt bears…. This is a tragic story; I am sure the Officer that shot the Akita does not feel toooooo good about it.
Tammy Hilo November 30, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I hope the investigation includes investigating the owners of the Akitas. They should not be allowed to own any more dogs.
Retired Fellow November 30, 2012 at 08:36 PM
The oblivious owners of the two Akitas MUST be held accountable! They must pay restitution for the veterinary and burial expenses for the carnage their Akita caused! Citations and verbal warnings are ignored by most, hitting them in their wallet/purse will get their undivided attention!
Fred Kempf November 30, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Do they have taser's for dogs gone beserk?? Anyway, it's a "dog eat dog" world out there now, or certainly soon to be!
censored messenger November 30, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Owners of large aggressive dogs should know this: I will shoot dead ANY unleashed dog that is threatening me or another human, and there is need for self-defense against these murderous beasts. This is legal. I will "follow procedure to the letter". Shoot a pit bull, save a toddler.
censored messenger November 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
insufficient response. If their beast had attacked a human, then they should be held for manslaughter. Since the state considers pets to be property, this pet's slaughter will be unpunished. However.. the owners of the dogs should be run out of Murrieta. Go to Hemet and live with dangerous beasts there..
Dawn Andrade November 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I used to love to walk my two smaller dogs until having to be on guard all the time for larger ones! Accidents happen and dogs get loose but some people have no problem having a dog that is aggressive...and if your dog is always charging your fence trying to chew through it to get to kids and animals you need to really ask yourself if your fence is safe and if you really need to keep that dog.
Mr. Logical November 30, 2012 at 09:49 PM
We don't allow people to own dangerous animals such as Lions and Bears. There are certain breeds of dogs that should be outlawed for ownership because of the potential danger they pose.
Wayne November 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM
So let me get this straight. The Akita kills a dog. Murrieta PD merely follows it waiting for animal control. The Akita attacks ANOTHER dog, and that's when the PD decide to do something? Pathetic.
eizmibr November 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM
"Dangerous breeds" is a joke! Everyone who blames an "aggressive breed" are simply blaming the wrong end of the leash. The owner is almost completely responsible for how the dog acts--on or off leash. All of these creatures are born innocent, but what will make a dog aggressive like this is neglect and abuse. So many people get a dog (or more) and simply don't make time for the dog--so they typically sit in a backyard, confused and without any guidance. So, is the dog to blame here, or the owner? My neighbor has a chihuahua that no one, except their family, can pet. If you try to pet this less-than-10lbs dog, it WILL bite to draw blood--I've seen it happen 4 times already. But just the fact it is "only" a little chihuahua makes people look the other way. The problem is, and always is, the owners. I have a large "dangerous" breed that is nearly complete with good citizen certification as well as being a therapy dog for people of all ages. Don't blame the breed, blame the deed. Think about it for a moment--Breed specific legislation is not far off from RACISM! Take a look at Lilly the pitbull, who pulled her passed-out owner off of train tracks. Sure big dogs can do more damage, just the same they can do great things in bigger ways! Those worried about their small dogs on walks, mace will work wonders. Dogs are EXTREMELY sensitive to peppers, so this is the advised course of action. In any situation, the owners need to be held completely accountable.
eizmibr November 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Pit bulls are not mentioned anywhere in the article FYI
zoe moire December 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Let's hope the writer of this article mixed up some phrasing regarding this portion of the journalistic (?) reporting. All of the details will be in the police report. I try to steer clear of someone writing on the Patch and taking it as the truth of detail. Just a thought. I'm sure safety for children was a huge part of the plan, but I really wonder if "following" was the right choice of wording with the author. Well, let's wait and see. If it's wrong in this article, maybe someone better can start writing. There are many errors on the Patch. . . and many have to do with details involving officers and protocols.
Entitlement Queen December 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Kill it and send the meat to Korea
Jan December 01, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I agree that approriate action was taken by the police to avoid serious injury or deah to humans and/or other animals in Murrieta. In addition, appropriate legal action should be taken against the owners of this dog. This legal action should be swift, certain, and severe. This tragedy should serve as a harsh reminder to all pet owners to properly secure your animals behind locked fences. These animals should not be allowed to wander our community. Residents should not have to fear attacks by loose animals in our neighborhoods. I walk this area every morning, and I could have been viciously attacked by this dog...
Jan December 01, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I agree that approriate action was taken by the police to avoid serious injury or deah to humans and/or other animals in Murrieta. In addition, appropriate legal action should be taken against the owners of this dog. This legal action should be swift, certain, and severe. This tragedy should serve as a harsh reminder to all pet owners to properly secure your animals behind locked fences. These animals should not be allowed to wander our community. Residents should not have to fear attacks by loose animals in our neighborhoods. I walk this area every morning, and I could have been viciously attacked by this dog...
Vic December 01, 2012 at 04:14 AM
The pit bull comment was just ignorant, CM.
Vic December 01, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Totally agree!!!
censored messenger December 01, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Comes out with an umbrella? Lame Come out with a PISTOL. The best way to save your pet from being killed by a Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Doberman, Akita, or ANY unleashed dog. Bang right in the head! Your pet would still be alive
Vic December 01, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Not everyone has a pistol at the ready, just sayin'....
Beach mom December 01, 2012 at 04:54 AM
There is a certain type of people moving into the valley that wants dangerous animals on their property for no good reasons. I'm sure you can guess why.
Eduardo ramos December 01, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Before we rush to judgement se should know all the facts..How do we know the dog was neglected/abused. We don't..Nobody can say for sure that the owner let the dogs wander loose. I have 2 rescue German Shepherds & 1 Catalina Macaw and I have had incidents of other people being just plain stupid towards my animals..I have caught people reaching over my fence to try & throw things @ my dogs which are service dogs so they are highly trained. If these Akitas were chipped it shows the owner did care. Questions we should ask before we condenm the owner are: Did the dogs have all their shots? Did they have a history of violence? Any issues w/the owner? Any issues with the home? How are the dogs treated? Do they live inside or outside? Since none of us were there we don't know the circumstances leading to them getting out so while we are entitled to our opinions we need to remember that we don't have all the informaion.
censored messenger December 01, 2012 at 06:21 AM
We already know the facts: The Killer Dogs got out and the Police killed one immediately and hopefully another later. Case closed. If you love your beasts, do whatever is required to keep them on your property. Because if they get out and snarl at someone they will be shot, perhaps not by the Police. Your dog, your responsibility and that means barking too.
michelle w. December 01, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Im a good friend of the akita's owners and have lived with them for over a year. We apologize to everyone involved and are deeply saddened by the events that happened today. The dogs are very loved and taken care of. In the year I have lived with the owners this is the first time the dogs have gotten loose. It is a known fact that akitas can be aggressive towards other dogs but he has never showed aggression towards a person and would never attack or bite a anyone. He was great around children, and although he was a big boy and looked intimidating he was a big Teddy bear who loved to cuddle.
Sheldon Gill December 01, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Dogs like the one in question, are extremely dangerous. I would bet that this was not the first signs of aggression that this particular dog displayed. Thank God the dog did not get near a school or where young children were gathered. The police took the correct action. I am a retired deputy, and in this day and time with all the second guessing, it sometimes causes one to hesitate when immediate action should be taken. Thank God nobody else was hurt. It was a tragedy to the owner of the small dog. Sorry for your loss.
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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