For most dog owners, the thought of losing our four-legged friends is almost too much to bear. In fact, many of us go to great lengths to ensure they’ll live for years and years to come.
When police officers are around, though, you need to be extra careful with your pet. Though officers are trained to accurately assess a situation to determine if they are threatened, it’s not their responsibility to incur damage simply to be on the safe side.
This past Monday, an Oceanside police officer used his weapon on a dog after it charged him numerous times and the owner failed to stop it.
The incident began with a phone call to police at roughly 2:30 a.m. Residents of a house located on Morse Street told the authorities that there was a man sitting outside their home, whom they did not recognize, accompanied by a dog.
When officers arrived, they found 26-year-old Armando Castillo right where the caller had said he would be. The dog they described was with him as well.
Unfortunately, upon approaching Castillo, the police reported that the man’s dog charged them. Originally, the officers reacted by asking Castillo to put the dog on a leash and regain control of it. The man apparently responded by claiming his animal was only trying to protect him.
After the dog charged the officers a second time, one of them drew their taser and attempted to subdue the canine that way. However, after the taser missed and the dog charged at them a third time, one officer took out his weapon and fatally shot the animal.
Castillo, who is known to be a gang member, was then arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and obstruction a police officer.
While this is far from a typical scenario, it’s a good reminder to keep your dog on a leash and subdued when around anyone, much less police officers. However, if you believe your dog was killed unjustly, call a lawyer immediately.