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Police shoot dog while responding to house fire
House fire on the 700 block of Cameron Street on December 3, 2018.
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 7:58AM CST
Last Updated Monday, December 3, 2018 5:50PM CST
An officer shot at and hit a dog that police say was acting aggressively after emergency crews were called to a house fire on Monday morning.
The fire broke out on the 700 block of Cameron Street around 6:15 a.m.
According to police, officers first responded to the address because someone called 911 and then hung up. Police were the first on the scene, followed by firefighters.
Police say when they arrived, they found a man who was bleeding at the back of the property. While helping the man, officers were approached by a large dog. According to police, the dog was circling officers at the scene, barking and acting aggressively. Police called for Animal Control and then went back to the house, since they believed other people were still inside.
Police say there were two adults and two children in the house at the time of the fire. They had all gotten out safely and were accounted for. Officers went back to the injured man they found on the property, who had taken shelter inside the police vehicle. The man was injured after jumping out a window to escape the fire, police said in a news release.
The dog was outside of the vehicle and wouldn’t let officers get close to assist the injured man. The dog charged at an officer who tried to approach the vehicle, and the officer fired two rounds at the dog. The dog was hit once.
The dog fled the scene, but was located by the Regina Humane Society and taken in for treatment for its injuries. After surgery, more veterinary care would be needed. Police say the owner was notified and it is expected the dog will be euthanized.
The firearm discharge will be reviewed as a Use of Force.
A damage estimate has not yet been released.