No misconduct for officers that shot dogs, review finds - Metro US

No misconduct for officers that shot dogs, review finds

An investigation into dog shootings by police last month concluded there was no misconduct by Ottawa police.

At 12:50 p.m. on April 19, Ottawa police attended the area of Manotick Station and Mitch Owens Road, where people complained about two large dogs on the loose, one of which had reportedly attempted to bite someone.

Police said officers arrived on scene prior to Ottawa Bylaw and located the dogs a short distance from where the alleged attack had taken place.

As the officers approached the dogs, one of the dogs attacked and attempted to bite one of the officers, at which point his partner discharged his firearm and struck the attacking dog. Both dogs fled.

A search was initiated and the dogs were located in a nearby field. Three officers approached the field and were immediately charged by both dogs. All three officers discharged their firearms to stop the attack, mortally wounding both dogs. Two officers discharged their firearms again to put down the animals.

The Ottawa Police Professional Standards Section review determined that officers adhered to all policies, the Police Service Act and Criminal Code guidelines.

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