San Jose police officers kill pit bull while responding to mail theft call

July 17, 2013

A San Jose dog was killed by police on July 17 when officers responded to a mail theft call, Mercury News reported today.

The incident began around 1:35 a.m. In the 900 block of La Barbera Drive in West San Jose. Three people were seen breaking into mailboxes, and several witnesses alerted police. Dispatchers gave officers a description of the vehicle the alleged thieves were driving, which police tracked to a home in the 500 block of North Third Street.

Officers learned the vehicle owner was on probation when they ran the tag. This gave police the right to a random search of the home. Officers were speaking with a woman in the home when what police described as a large pit bull came up from the basement and bit one of the officers.

According to NBC News, the pit bull named Bully bit the officer shortly after 1:30 a.m. The officers on the call with the officer who was bitten then opened fire on the dog, killing it. The officer was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries to his left leg.

The dog’s owner stated

“The cops were wrong. They shouldn’t have been at the house. They should never have shot my dog. They came on my property and he was protecting my house and they shot him.”

Bully was reported to have bitten people in the past. The dog’s owner said there were “beware of dog” signs on her property, and the officers should have used more caution when responding to the call since warning signs were posted.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man and 24-year-old woman for mail theft.

How do you feel the police handled this situation of yet another dog being shot by police? Your comments are welcome.



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