A Boise, Idaho, family is mourning the loss of their dog following a shooting which claimed her life, reported Sunday's KTVB News.
The five-year-old, mixed breed dog, named "Kita," had been let out for a potty break on Sunday afternoon; the timing for her venture outdoors could not have been worse.
When Kita was let outside, she encountered two Boise police officers who were in the area investigating a theft; according to the officers, Kita appeared to be "threatening."
In response to Kita's approach, one of the officers discharged his gun, hitting Kita in the head and causing her quick death.
Kita's owner, Gabrielle Stropkai, told KTVB News that she was watching the dog at the time of the shooting, as was her two-year-old child.
In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head,”
The police department Deputy Chief, Pete Ritter, issued an official statement following Kita's death:
Officers never want to harm an animal. The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved."
Stropkai described her dog as a "lover," stating:
We have kids who run up and pull her tail and grab her by the back of the neck and get in her face and she does nothing but love on them,”
Kita leaves behind her human family and six, two-week-old puppies.
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