Police were looking for individuals wanted on warrants both times that a large American Staffordshire terrier attacked them. Both times, they shot the dog.
The first time, the dog survived — and its owner wasn’t cited. The second time, the dog died, and 42-year-old Gary Hogue Jr., of Garden City, was charged with misdemeanor vicious dog at large.
The first incident occurred in April last year.
Meridian police were searching for a 22-year-old California man wanted for eluding police. They went to a house in the 2300 block of Sonoma Court in Meridan to look for the suspect, William Raymond Calivillo.
Calivillo ran out of the backyard of the house and to a canal. A large dog followed him and attacked a police dog and handler, who were positioned along the canal bank.
Meridian police officials said the officer shot the aggressive dog once. Neither the officer nor the police dog were injured in the attack. Calivillo was arrested, and the injured dog was taken to a veterinary hospital for care.
The second incident was earlier this month.
On Sept. 2, Garden City police were at a home in the 100 block of West 36th Street, looking for 21-year-old Karli Covino on a warrant for failure to obey.
Police said the dog emerged from the house through an open door. The dog jumped on an officer and “lunged at his face in an attempt to bite him,” Garden City Police Lt. Tom Patterson said.
“While the dog was attacking it was barking and growling,” Patterson said. At some point, another officer used pepper spray on it. The officer attacked “was able to partially fend it off with his flashlight, but this was relatively ineffective.”
Covino was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. The officers provided first aid to the dog and took it to a veterinary hospital, where it was euthanized due to its injuries.
Garden City police don’t have any body camera video of the incident because not all of their officers have such cameras yet. All sworn officers are expected to have body cameras by January, Police Chief Rick Allen said.
Allen said the department just received a $12,369 federal Edward Byrne Memorial Grant to help cover the cost of the new equipment.