The San Luis Obispo Police Department is investigating after an officer shot a dog while responding to a call Thursday.
It happened just after 11 a.m. at 673 Santa Rosa, just down the road from the police department.
Officers were responding to the area for a report of a burglary in progress at a home.
The caller told dispatch that they saw someone jumping out of a window and witnesses at the scene later confirmed that story.
As officers approached the home, a large dog came out and ran toward the officer in an aggressive manner, according to police officials. Police said witnesses also saw the dog run at the officer aggressively.
The officer responded by shooting the dog. The dog was taken to the vet and as of 3 p.m. Thursday, the dog was still alive. The officer is OK.
The investigation revealed that there was no burglary and police are still trying to figure out why the home’s resident jumped out of the window.
The police department is investigating the incident as they do all incidents in which an officer fires their weapon. The officer is not on leave at this time.
Police say it is never their intent to hurt an animal when they respond to a call and said the entire incident is unfortunate.