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Building owner's senior golden retriever shot and killed by police

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A tragic case of mistaken identity has left the dog who belongs to the owner of a former Veterans building in Vallejo, Calif., dead, reported Wednesday's Mercury News.

The dog, a senior golden retriever, belonged to 83-year-old Ed Boydston, who just bought the building which is located on Alabama Street.

Boydston, a Korean War veteran, was at the newly purchased building in the early evening last Friday; while there, someone phoned the police to report suspicious activity.

Responding police entered the building and called out to announce their presence; Boydston did not hear them, but his dog, "Tiger," did, and when he approached, he was shot one time.

Boydston told Mercury News what he said to the officer:

I said, 'Don't shoot my dog, and I heard very clearly, 'I just did,'

I kind of feel like the dog tripped a shot for me. It could have been me that was shot. I was 10-12 feet away."

The officer's shot to Tiger proved to be fatal; Tiger, described as "sweet," had been Boydston's companion for the last eight years.

Following the death of his companion, Boydston said:

I guess they were justified in doing it,

I don't know about the law, but I guess they had justified rights. Someone reported a burglary."

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