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UPDATE: Dog shot by SLOPD officer is 'not doing good,' owner says

Posted at 12:04 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 18:38:29-04

UPDATE (4:25 p.m.) - The owner of the dog shot by a San Luis Obispo police officer Thursday is "not doing good," his owner tells KSBY News.

Nick Regalia says Bubbers, a 7-year-old boxer mix, was shot twice in the driveway and is currently at the vet.

Regalia says he believes the officer's actions were excessive.


UPDATE (4 p.m.) - San Luis Obispo police say a dog shot by an officer late Thursday morning was off-leash and "ran toward the officer in a threatening manner."

Captain Jeff Smith says the incident began at around 11 a.m. when two officers responded to the home on Santa Rosa Road between Peach and Walnut streets for a call of a burglary in progress after someone reported seeing a person jump from a window at the home and run down the driveway.

The officers were in the driveway and had not yet reached the home when the dog came toward the officer "in a threatening manner," Smith said, adding that the property is not fenced.

The officers were not hurt. The dog's current condition was unknown but at last check, Smith says the animal was still alive.

Smith said it was unclear whether the dog was shot once or twice. He was unsure of the animal's breed, but said it was described as a pit bull.

The officer, who has not been named, was not placed on leave.

Smith says they determined the home had not been burglarized and that the person seen jumping from the window was someone who lived there.

He calls instances like this, where a dog is shot by an officer, rare.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are investigating after an officer shot a dog in San Luis Obispo Thursday morning.

The officer was reportedly responding to reports of a burglary in progress at a home along Santa Rosa Street between Walnut and Peach streets, not far from the police station.

Investigators say they believe the officer shot the dog after fearing for his own safety.

The dog's condition was not immediately known. The officer was unhurt.

Police are working to determine if a burglary did occur and the facts surrounding the incident. As of 11:50 a.m., one lane of Santa Rosa Street was closed in the area.

No other information was immediately available.