Flathead County Coverage

Mar 8, 2012 11:05 AM by Mark Thorsell (KPAX/KAJ Media Center)

Kalispell Police shoot and kill dog after attack

KALISPELL- A police officer shot and killed a large dog on Wednesday evening after Kalispell Chief of Police Roger Nasset says the animal "charged one of the officers...bearing its teeth and growling. The officer, out of fear for his safety, shot the dog as it came within 10 feet from him."

The incident began just after 6 p.m. when officers were called to the 600 block of First Avenue West for a report of two vicious dogs that had just attacked an adult male. Nasset says in a news release that three officers responded and found the dogs at St. Matthews.

The officers corralled the dogs on the south end and were waiting for a catch pole to arrive when one of the dogs, that weighed about 100 pounds, charged an officer according to a news release.

Nasset says that's when the officer fatally shot the dog, that died on the scene. The other dog, which did not show aggression towards officers, was taken into custody and later transported to the Flathead County Animal Shelter.

Officers were approached by four juveniles while they were on the scene and were told that the same dogs had attacked them earlier on Second Avenue East according to Nasset. None of the victims sustained serious injuries.

Nasset says Kalispell Police are still investigating the incident.

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