Police say one of its officers killed a dog while on a welfare check in Nampa. Officers say they went to a residence in the area of 2nd Street North and 13th Avenue North Monday afternoon to check on two juveniles living at the home.
The incident was caught on video by two small cameras that officers wear, Sgt. Tim Randall said. The cameras start recording when officers respond to a call.
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Police say when they arrived they found the door open and were soon attacked by two large dogs. One of the offers fired his handgun and killed the dog. No other injuries were reported.
The video was released during a media news conference Wednesday afternoon.
One dog bit through an officer’s gun belt and punctured a mace canister holder, Randall said. Neither officer was injured and the children were found to be unharmed in the home.
Nampa animal control officers identified the dogs as a Mastiff/pit bull mix and a Chesapeake/pit bull mix.
"It seemed like the officer felt really bad - he was shaking his head," said Larry Carver, who was at the home and described the pet as a family dog. "At the moment he panicked and started firing - and I don't think that was right."
Police say the officer acted accordingly.
"Our officers are allowed and trained to use deadly force when they feel their life is in danger, " said Deputy Chief Craig Kingsbury. "And in my opinion it's what this officer felt."
"We all forgive him," Carver says. "My brother-in-law forgives him and understands he was scared but he could have done something different."
Click here to listen to KBOI-AM host Nate Shelman do a radio interview with Anthony O'Hare, the dog's owner.
No charges have been filed and the incident is still under investigation.