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Crown Point police shoot 2 Siberian huskies

Updated: August 20, 2013 6:47AM



CROWN POINT — Two Siberian huskies on the loose Wednesday were shot by Crown Point police after the dogs dragged off a resident’s cat and became aggressive toward police, officials said.

In a prepared statement, Police Chief Pete Land said the incident happened after police received a 911 call reporting two large dogs had attacked and injured a resident’s cat and were cornering the cat’s owner as he attempted to intervene.

When police arrived, the caller reported the dogs had dragged the cat down to a creek bank adjacent to the house and her husband was trying to get the cat, Land said. The dogs were attempting to attack the cat as the man tried to retrieve it.

Neither dog had a collar or tags, Land said in the release. Police used pepper spray on the dogs, which initially ran away. But then the dogs ran toward the woman. When police scared them from the woman, the dogs ran back to the creek where the man and the injured cat remained.

“As each dog began to circle and walk towards the officer and owner, the officer, believing he was in danger of being attacked, shot one of the dogs, which caused it to run from the scene,” Land said.

The second dog was shot due to its continued aggressiveness toward the officer and owner. Both dogs were fatally wounded.

“This entire call was unfortunate and the officers did everything within their power to stop any further attacks by the dogs, including deploying pepper spray. Unfortunately, nothing deterred either dog,” Land said.

He said one of the responding officers is with the department’s K-9 unit.

“The absolute last resort was to have to shoot either dog,” Land said.



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