POSTED: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 4:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 4:09pm
An Oakland, California family is upset after their pet dog was shot by police officers responding to a burglar alarm.
Officers say they thought the dog was a threat, but the family wonders if the officers could have used less than lethal force.
The Hallock family says they're not angry at Oakland Police for shooting their dog during a false burglar alarm call on their property, but they do question why it had to happen in the first place.
Gloria was an 11-year-old dog who had problems walking because she had arthritis in her hips.
"My dad called and asked if they had tasers, mace or pepper spray or baton. They had all those things. I just don't get why they had to reach for the gun and shoot three times," says Isabel Hallock.
Oakland police say when they arrived at the Hallock home, Gloria growled and barked at the officers and then approached them in a threatening manner.
Police say they made a split second decision and fired three times at Gloria.
One bullet hit her head.
The officers left a handwritten note on the front door of the Hallock home letting them know what had happened.
"I had to read it five or six times before I could believe it and actually it took two days for it to really sink again," Isabel says.
All the Hallock family has now are memories of Gloria captured in photos and home video.
For Isabel coming home is just not the same anymore.
"It's just weird because for the past eleven years, I've been hearing those familiar sounds that I've gotten used to them and now I'm just never going to hear them again," she says.
Officials say the officer in this case has not been placed on leave and continues to work.
Authorities have not decided if they are going to further review the case.