Albany Cops Shoot, Kill Dog at Homeless Encampment

Albany police shot and killed Monday a dog that "lunged" at them.

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    A pair of Albany police officers shot and killed a 15-month-old dog on Monday, after the animal "lunged" at the officers and bit one of them, according to reports.

    The two officers were patrolling a waterfront park known for homeless activity called "The Bulb" at about 8 a.m. Monday when they encountered the animal, named Amore, according to the Contra Costa Times.

    Amore and a second dog both "lunged toward" the officers -- who responded with gunfire, the newspaper reported.

    It's not known which dog bit police, but Amore was shot and killed.

    About 25 dogs live with homeless people at the encampment near the Golden Gate Fields horse racing track, the newspaper reported.

    The city is in the process of turning over the park to the East Bay Regional Park District and clearing out the encampment, the newspaper reported.

    No information on the dog's owner was available, or if the police officers sought treatment.

    An official with Paw Fund, an East Bay nonprofit that helps poor people with pets, says that the dog was not aggressive -- but neither are the officers, the newspaper reported.

    "I don't think any police officer likes to kill a dog," Jill Posener told the newspaper.

    A high-profile dog shooting incident transpired earlier in the year in Hawthorn, when police shot and killed a dog owned by a man who was being taken into custody.

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