Officer who shot dog through van window reassigned to desk duty

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho police chief says the shooting of a dog inside a van by an officer is being investigated and the officer involved has been reassigned to desk duty.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Ron Clark on Tuesday at a city council meeting called the shooting "a regrettable tragedy."

The Spokesman-Review reports that Mayor Steve Widmyer says the city will take full responsibility if the investigation determines mistakes were made.

Police on July 9 put out a statement that an officer responding to a report of a suspicious van had shot and killed a "vicious pit bull" that lunged for the officer's face.

The dog turned out to be a 2-year-old black Labrador mix named Arfee.

Owner Craig Jones of Colorado says he hired an attorney for a lawsuit.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review