General Crime

* Hercules Police Officer Shoots and Kills Attacking Dog

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A loose dog attacked a Hercules police officer today, prompting the officer to shoot and kill the animal, according to Hercules police Cmdr. Tom Dalby. The officer was responding to a report of two loose mixed breed dogs at about 10:50 a.m., Hercules spokeswoman Michelle Harrington said. He found the dogs, a male and female, playing near the corner of  Sycamore Drive and Palm Avenue, Dalby said. While he was waiting for an animal services officer to get there to capture the dogs, the officer got out of his patrol car, but when he did, the male dog suddenly attacked him, Dalby said. During the attack, the officer was able to draw his gun and fire two shots, killing the attacking dog. Additional officers arrived and captured the female dog, which was
not injured, and put her in a patrol car until the animal services officer arrived and took her and the body of the male dog.
The officer sustained multiple bites and lacerations to his left hand, right forearm and right knee. He was treated at the scene and then transported to Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek for further treatment. The officer was still being treated this afternoon, but was expected to be released from the hospital this evening, Harrington said. The dogs did not have any tags and police do not know if the male dog had been vaccinated for rabies, Dalby said. His body will be tested for the officer’s protection. Police are also attempting to locate the owner or owners of the dogs, Dalby said. Loose dogs have been an ongoing problem in Hercules and, in November, the City Council passed a resolution urging the Contra Costa County Department of Animal Services to double the penalty for having a dog at large, Dalby said. The current ordinance requires dogs to be restrained at all times
unless they are on private property or in an authorized off-leash area such as a dog park.

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