A Palm Springs police officer shot and killed a dog Saturday after the animal ran at the man while he was investigating a report of suspicious activity, authorities said.
When the officer arrived at a home in the 3900 block of Dale Road, he noticed an open door and gate, as well as loose dogs around the property, city spokesman Edgar Morley said. At least two signs saying “Beware of dogs” are on the property, just west of Kirk Road.
The officer observed a small dog wandering in and out of the gate, and a second, larger dog that appeared to be a pit bull allegedly ran at the officer, barking, growling and showing its teeth.
The officer tried to kick the dog away, but it didn’t stop coming at the officer, Morley said. The officer then shot the dog, feeling he had to protect himself.
The dog died, and the owner arrived at the scene several minutes later, Morley said. A person inside the home declined comment Sunday afternoon.
Surveillance video made public on television station WPTV-5’s web site shows the officer arriving at the house, being confronted by multiple dogs and appearing to draw his gun as they began to surround his feet. It is not clear whether the video shows the officer firing the gun.
The officer is not expected to be placed on administrative leave after firing his weapon because that policy doesn’t apply to firing at animals, Morley said.
Morley said he doesn’t know if the dog has a history of aggressive behavior.