Man draws gun, kills threatening dog
A father was forced to shoot a dog to death in front of a local grocery store to protect his daughters who were under attack, the Grand Junction Police Department reported.
Krystall Herrera, 42, was walking the dog, named Sugar, on a leash shortly after 8 a.m. outside the Albertsons at 1830 N. 12th St., according to police.
Herrera told police that the leash became tangled around a stop sign in a median in front of the store. As she attempted to untangle the leash, Sugar broke free and ran toward a man and his two daughters, who were walking nearby.
Herrera called to the dog, but Sugar did not stop. The dog began biting one of the girls and pulling at her coat, police reported.
“The little girl pulled away and Sugar bit her again,” a police officer wrote in a report.
At that point, the man drew a weapon and shot the dog in a hindquarter, according to police.
The dog was unable to walk but was still moving, dragging itself along the pavement. Herrera told the man to shoot the dog again and put it out of its misery. The man shot Sugar again, but the dog did not die.
Herrera told the man to shoot Sugar again, “but he stated he didn’t have the heart to do it,” according to police.
The dog apparently died about the time animal control officers arrived at the scene.
Herrera and two companions did not know the name of the dog’s owner and did not have permission to take the dog for a walk, police reported.
Herrera was arrested on an outstanding warrant and booked into Mesa County Jail, according to police.
All involved in the incident agreed the man was justified in shooting the dog. No citations were issued because “no criminal violations took place,” police said.
The police report did not say what breed the dog was.