OPD shoots, kills vicious dog
A dog was shot by an Orange Police Department officer who had determined the dog was a danger to those around him.
According to reports, an officer arrived at 5:22 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Jayway after there were reports of a vicious dog.
The male blue and white pit bull was seen in the front yard of a residence by the witness who also said the dog is known to be aggressive and bitten people in the past.
The officer noted in his report, the dog did not have a collar or any type of leash on him. The officer attempted to get out of his patrol vehicle, but with the hair raised on the dog’s back while snarling and barking, the dog charged at the officer.
Dispatch was notified of the problem and an animal control officer was sent to the scene.
In the meantime, the dog went under a residence and into the back yard.
When the animal control officer arrived, they told the officer they had problems before with the same dog. As a result, the dog was deemed dangerous by the city and not going to be released to the owner dangerous by the city and not released back to any possible owner.
Due to the fact the officer felt the dog was dangerous, he felt the animal control officer would be in danger and assisted in taking custody of the animal.
The dog continued to bark violently in the back yard of the residence and freely running in and out of the backyard. The officer and the animal control officer entered the back yard and attempted to contain the dog.
The animal control officer shot at the dog with a tranquilizer dart, but missed which caused the dog to become more aggressive and charge toward the officers. A second shot hit the dog in his back leg. The dart appeared to not be working and caused the dog to further anger the dog and it began barking more erratically.
The dog then ran out of the opened gate. While standing on the south side of the backyard, the pit bull charged at the officer. When the dog as within 8 feet of the officer, he fired his Taser but missed.
The sound of the Taser caused the dog to stop and run away from the officer. The officers again attempted to contain the dog in the back yard so that once again a dart tranquilizer could be used . The sound of the Taser startled the dog and it stopped before running away. However, the officer noted if he had not fired the Taser, he believed the dog would have bitten him.
The officers once again attempted to contain the dog in the east corner of the backyard so the animal control officer could shoot it with a tranquilizing dart.
However, the dog once again charged at the officer while viciously barking and growling. It lunged at the officer so he tried to back away. But, the dog suddenly began to chase the officer. The officer drew his gun and shot at the dog. The round missed the dog and instead went into the ground. The dog continued to chase the officer and when it was within a short distance, the dog lunged, so he fired a second shot which struck the dog in the head near the eye.
The dog immediately stopped and was no longer a threat. The dog was placed in the back of the animal control officers vehicle.
The officer attempted to locate the dog’s owner, but was informed the dog did not belong in that neighborhood.