VicPD officers shoot, kill dog during arrest of man with warrants

VicPD officers shoot, kill dog during arrest of man with warrants
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Victoria Police says one of its officers shot and killed a dog while arresting a man who had warrants for his arrest on Monday.

Around 3:30 a.m. on June 17, an officer was in the 500 block of Ellice Street to arrest a man with warrants for his arrest. VicPD says a dog came out from a nearby tent during the arrest and “lunged aggressively towards the officer.”

VicPD says the officer moved away, and was chased by the dog.

“Fearing serious injury, the officer discharged their firearm killing the dog,” VicPD said in an email to CHEK. “An on-duty officer with the Integrated Canine Unit attended to provide medical aid to the dog, but it succumbed to its injuries.”

Police say after the shooting, it was learned the dog had been deemed dangerous and was required to wear a muzzle and a leash, which VicPD says neither of those criteria were met.

“We understand that people may feel strongly about the well-being of this dog,” the email said. “Rest assured this decision was not made lightly.”

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