The Wichita Falls Police Department is facing backlash after an officer shot and killed a dog he says was being aggressive.
Monday around noon, the officer was in the 4300 block of Cunningham when he saw two dogs he said were growling and barking.
He said the dogs which appeared to be Great Danes approached him.
The officer said he was able to use his animal training learned through the department to get inside his house where he called Animal Control.
A short while later, the officer said he saw the dogs approaching a neighbor.
The officer was able to help his neighbor get into his car without any trouble from the dogs.
When the officer was leaving his home, he said the dogs came running around the corner and one of the two was being aggressive, growling and trying to jump on him.
Police said the officer shot the dog killing it.
Because the officer fired his weapon, a supervisor was called to the scene to file a report.
Animal control arrived shortly after that and returned the dogs to its owner.
The owner of the dog says she plans to file a complaint with the police department.
Here is a statement Police Chief Manuel Borrego sent to a concerned neighbor:
All discharges of an Officers weapons are reviewed two fold. The Officer’s chain of Command will review the Officers action. This case will also be reviewed by the Office of Professional Conduct for an independent review. This investigative report will be forwarded to my Office with a recommendation of findings.
We as a Police Department taking the shooting of an animal very seriously. We don’t want anyone attacked or bitten, but we also understand the emotionally impact it can have if force is used as was in this case.
This is a developing story. We’ll have more details tonight on KFDX 3 News at 5.