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Deputy shoots, kills dog while serving warrant

By Bianca Montes
Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2013 at 4:13 a.m.


Statistics

From 2005 to 2012:

251 Americans died because of a dog bite injury.

Less than 4 percent of dog bite fatalities were initiated by a German shepherd. Of those fatalities, nine were from a German shepherd.

Pit bulls account for 60 percent of dog bite fatalities.

SOURCE: DOGSBITE.ORG

A German shepherd was shot and killed early Wednesday morning while sheriff's deputies were serving a warrant.

Deputies Andrew Carrizales and Mitch Neal with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office arrived at a home in the 700 block of Old Goliad Road about 7:30 a.m. to serve the warrant, said sheriff's office command Captain Abel Arriazola.

But the home owner told the deputies the person they were looking for no longer lived there. When she left to get her identification card, her dog got loose and charged the officers, Arriazola said.

Both deputies attempted to retreat from the property for safety while the owner tried to gain control of her animal, Arriazola said.

The owner was unable to stop the dog from backing Carrizales up against a tree. The deputy then shot the dog, Arriazola said.

"Our situations are so unpredictable, so sudden, that sometimes all you can do is react," he said. "You base those reactions on training."

Arriazola said officer training and protocol includes calling animal control for assistance, using intermediate force by mace or a baton and, as a last resort, using a gun.

Per protocol, a supervisor was called to the scene after the shooting to speak with the home owner, Arriazola said. The owner understood what happened and that she was unable to control her animal, he said.

The Victoria Advocate attempted to reach the home owner for comment Thursday evening but was unable to reach her.

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