CALDWELL – The Caldwell Police Department released body camera footage Thursday that shows an officer shooting and killing a dog outside a house last month.
The incident happened the morning of August 18 when officers responded to a house on the 1400 block of Missoula Way for a report of two wanted people at the residence.
When officers arrived, a woman at the front door told them that the wanted subjects – Josiah S. Holden, 31, and Crystal L. Holden, 29, both of Caldwell – were in the house.
Police said a large dog, which police said was a pit bull / German Shepherd mix, began barking and approached officers when the woman stepped away from the door.
Caldwell Police says the officer who fired at the dog will not face charges. The dog’s owner, Alinah Stelly, watched the body camera footage for the first time outside her home in Caldwell on Thursday.
“He does look very vicious, but he really wasn't,” said Stelly. “I think he was scared because you know they are dressed in uniform, and he didn't know. His fur was up. He was scared.”
Stelly says her dog, Targaryon, laid unmoving, but alive for the next hour, when animal control took him to be euthanized.
Caldwell Police says it does provide its officers with optional animal control training that includes non-lethal methods. But a police spokesperson could not say whether this particular officer completed that training.
Stelly says she hopes this incident can help educate officers everywhere on how to handle animal encounters.
“A gun shouldn't be the first weapon that comes to mind,” said Stelly.
Caldwell Police said last month that Stelly could face charges for a vicious animal at large. The city prosecutor was not available to comment on whether the city would pursue those charges.
**WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO**
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