The Oakland Police Department is reviewing its policies following the shooting of a family’s dog by a police officer responding to a burglary alarm on Tuesday, a police spokesman said. At about noon on Tuesday, police responded to a burglary alarm at a house on Burgos Avenue and saw the rear door of the home open, police Officer Jeff Thomason said. One of the officers, while checking the house for possible burglary suspects, encountered a Labrador dog exiting the rear door, Thomason said. The officer said the dog was growling and running toward him as he retreated backwards. As the dog continued to advance, the officer discharged his firearm, killing the animal. No burglary suspects were found inside. “It is an unfortunate incident when you have a family pet protecting its home and officers responding to protect the property,” police Chief Anthony Batts said in a statement. “The end result is not something we wanted and my heart goes out to the family who has lost their dog,” Batts said. “We are investigating the incident to ensure that proper policies and procedures were followed and evaluating possible ways to improve outcomes related to future contacts with animals.” The Police Department was criticized in May for what some residents said was the unnecessary shooting by officers of a small deer that became trapped in the backyard of a home on 90th Avenue in East Oakland.
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