Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Ron Clark told KHQ his department as received roughly 15 death threats, some targeted towards the entire department, others at certain officers, after one of his officers shot and killed a dog on Wednesday.
“All in all it’s just a tragic situation and just understand we will do everything that we need to do to make sure it’s properly investigated,” Clark said on Thursday.
Police were called to the corner of Sherman and North 8th street for a suspicious van. The van was believed to be linked to a man known to lure children.
An officer approached the van, gun in hand, and was startled when he said a dog lunged at him. The officer shot and killed a dog originally identified as a pit bull, but the dog was later identified as a black lab mix named “Arfee.”
The dog’s owner, Craig Jones, was eating at a restaurant just down the street when it all happened and said on his Facebook page Thursday morning, “I’d like to thank my Facebook family for your support and love. Today is definitely harder than yesterday.”
Chief Clark said everyone is upset over the circumstances and that it’s a difficult situation for everyone involved.