CROWN POINT | When Crown Point police shot and killed two Siberian huskies last month, it was the first lethal force they used on animals in a year and a half, according to a report detailing the incident.
Last month, police responding to a call about an animal attack killed huskies Atka and Kenai, whom police said were acting aggressively toward officers, a cat and a cat owner.
Police originally received the call from a woman who said the dogs dragged her cat to a nearby creek bank and were cornering her husband. The caller described the dogs as "wolves" and police initially thought they may have been large coyotes.
Among the reasons for confusing them for coyotes was that neither dog had a collar or tag, and both were covered in dirt, mud and water, according to the police case summary.
"The assertion that the 'police should have known' the dogs were domesticated animals and would not serve as a threat to humans is unfounded," the report stated.
Also according to the report, police previously had responded to the residence where the dogs lived seven times for complaints about barking dogs. On June 9, the homeowner was issued a $239 citation for the dogs' barking, which the homeowner contacted the city about paying July 22, five days after the dogs were shot.
Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land has said his officers did all they could to prevent the shootings. The officer pepper sprayed the dogs to scare them, but the huskies continued circling the officer and cat owner.
Since January 2012, the Crown Point Police Department has responded to 484 animal-related complaints, including 35 dog attacks, the report stated. The July 17 incident was the first to require lethal force because of a continued aggressive dog, the report said.
According to the case summary, the cat owner has incurred at least $3,200 in veterinarian bills stemming from the incident.