Boise, Idaho (KBOI-TV) - Boise police have released a statement following the shooting death of a dog.
On Sunday afternoon, police were investigating a reported theft in the area of North 28th Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The officers were standing in a parking lot when the dog began running toward them. Police said the officers felt forced to protect themselves. One officer fired a single shot at the dog when it reached less than three feet from the officers, according to police.
The mixed-breed dog died at the scene. Police said the dog's owner was found nearby and confirmed the dog had been running loose.
Independent witnesses described the dog as barking and snarling as it approached the officers, according to police.
"Officers never want to harm an animal. The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved," said Deputy Chief Pete Ritter.