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A dog was shot and killed by a Scappoose Police officer Sunday afternoon in the 52000 block of NW 4th Street.


According to the department, officers received complaints from a neighbor that the shepherd mix was chasing his kids while barking and growling down the street. The caller said the dog had also chased his vehicle and kids several other times that day.

Lt. Norman Miller said the dog was chained up in front of the house while the owner was away, but got loose.

When Officer James Candiff spotted the dog and pulled up on the opposite side of the street, the dog approached the patrol car's driver's side door, wagging its tail, according to a department report.

The report indicates Candiff opened a back passenger door for the dog to get in, but the dog became agitated. According to the report, a witness saw the dog being aggressive toward the officer and had him backed up against his patrol car.

As Candiff backed away from the dog, walking backwards down the side of his car, the dog came at the officer quickly, growling and baring its teeth. The officer shot the dog from about two feet away, fatally injuring it.

The dog's owner was not home at the time, but has since been notified, Miller said.

“Deputies have to respond within a split second,” Miller said, when asked if the officer could have used non-lethal force. He noted Mase must be removed, shaken and then administered correctly, which may not have been possible in that situation.

Miller said the Scappoose Police Department is tasked with responding to animal complaints on Sundays and Mondays, when animal control is not available through the county. The department does not any policies or specific training on dealing with animals.

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