Richmond RCMP have launched an investigation after one of their officers shot a dog Friday morning while investigating a break and enter at a nearby residence.
Cpl. Dennis Hwang says police were called to the 9000 block of Walford Street after a home owner startled an intruder who was in his house.
The suspect, described by police as a South Asian man in his 30s wearing a black jacket and carrying a large duffle bag, fled as police responded.
About an hour later, around 9 a.m. PT, police spotted a bag matching the description, in a fenced yard in the 3000 block of Garden City Road. The property had “beware of dog” signs posted. Hwang says police made noises to rouse any dogs, but none were seen.
However, when police entered the yard to retrieve the bag, Hwang says they were attacked by two pit bull-like dogs. As officers beat a hasty retreat, one of them fired once at the dog that was closing in on him, hitting the animal and damaging a fence.
“We consider the discharge of a firearm whether intentional or accidental very serious and it will be fully investigated. This is an unfortunate incident.” said Hwang in a news release.
The dog was taken alive to a veterinary hospital following the shooting.