Deputies shoot dog during welfare check incident


    Deputies responding to a call for assistance at a welfare check at a residence on Valley View, a street just north of U.S. 160 in the Pagosa Lakes Core Area, shot and killed a dog that officials say was attacking the law enforcement officers.

    A deputy was sent to the address at approximately 2:45 p.m. to assist members of Axis — a local mental health organization — and a crew from Emergency Medical Services, who were at the residence on a welfare check.

    According to Undersheriff Rich Valdez, a second deputy arrived at 3 p.m. and the individual at the residence became increasingly agitated, opened the screen door and set her dog, reportedly a red heeler mix, on the first deputy. That deputy shot at the dog as it attacked her and missed. When the dog turned and persisted in its attack, the second deputy fired two shots at the animal, killing it.

    According to Valdez, an investigation is underway, with Det. Tonya Hamilton sent to the scene to garner facts and determine a more accurate picture of the incident.

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