El Monte Police Fatally Shoot Family Dog Inside Fenced Yard

EL MONTE, Calif. (KTLA) — Police were investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting of a two-year-old German shepherd inside the fenced-in yard of a family in El Monte.

Officers came to the home on Maxson Road on Wednesday to follow-up on a report of a runaway teenager.

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Kiki was later euthanized at a veterinary hospital.
(Family photo)

The encounter with the dog, named Kiki, was recorded by a home security camera.

It showed two police officers arriving at the home of Cathy Luu and her husband Chi Nguyen around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the officers shook the gate and otherwise took care to check if there were dogs present in the yard before opening the gate and entering, according to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

But family members said the officers were supposed to call ahead and entered the yard without checking for dogs, despite two “beware of dog” signs.

At first the police department agreed to pay the veterinary bill, but after learning it would cost $7,000 to save her, the offer was rescinded, Nguyen said.

When the family couldn’t come up with the money, Kiki was euthanized, Nguyen said.

Police were conducting an internal investigation into the shooting, El Monte police Capt. Dan Buehler told the newspaper.

Police did not name the officer who shot the dog, however the family identified her as Officer A. Castillo.

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