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Manteca Police officer shoots dog off his leg

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POSTED June 6, 2013 1:08 a.m.

A black Labrador retriever was shot by a Manteca Police officer Wednesday afternoon as the dog punctured the patrolman’s leg in the Save Mart Shopping Center parking lot in the 1100 block of North Main Street.

Police spokesman Lt. Tony Souza said officers were sent to a disturbance call at about 2:30 p.m. that involved a tow truck driver and the owner of a white truck and camper that had reportedly been parked in the parking lot for weeks.

While the subject in the truck was in a verbal altercation with the tow truck driver, officers Barry Blackburn, Dan Chestnut and Eugene Estrella met with Kimberly Ulrich, 45, who was suspected of trespassing on the property.

“She had two dogs on the driver’s side of the truck and she was attempting to take control of both dogs.  The older dog – an eight-year-old Labrador – got loose and started to charge Officer Blackburn,” Souza said.

The lieutenant further explained that Blackburn attempted to back away from the animal and then used his pepper spray, but it had no affect on the dog.  The dog continued to charge and bit the officer on his right calf.  At that point the officer deployed his firearm and shot the dog twice which then released his leg and retreated to the truck.

Manteca Animal Service Officer Peggy Miller responded to the scene and picked up the dog and transported it to a veterinarian.  The injuries to the animal were too severe to be treated, Souza said.  The dog was then euthanized at the animal shelter with the owner’s permission.

Officer Blackburn’s leg punctures were treated by medics from Manteca Ambulance at the scene of the attack.

Per common procedure, Sgt. Mike Sexon responded to the area and conducted an administrative investigation into the shooting.  The dog’s owner, transient Kimberly Ulrich, was cited for trespassing.

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