Man draws gun, kills threatening dog

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—As Grand Junction police officer Trevor Hawkins watches, an officer with Mesa County Animal Services, who refused to give her name, takes cellphone photos of a dog that was shot to death after it became aggressive toward two children Sunday in the parking lot of Albertsons, 1830 N. 12th St.

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.


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Speaking as an animal lover — (God bless the beasts and the children) — stories like this always make me sad. Maybe the poor dog was mentally off. Who knows?
Let’s see where all the leftist anti-gun extremists are on this story. Do you suppose they would rather have had the little girls get bitten to death? A pox on their hyper-emotional manipulativeness and sophistry.
I say good for the quick thinking father, and good for Jared Wright and his 2nd-Amendment-friendly proposal that law abiding citizens can carry concealed without a Big Brother permit.
Oh, I know: the whole thing was a probably a conspiratorial set up to make anti-gunners look bad. If that’s the case, I predict it won’t succeed, because leftists are quite determined to learn nothing from the inconvenient little realities of life.
I absolutely love a quote attributed to Thomas Sowell: “The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is. He confuses it with feeling.”
A KelTec 22Mag semi-automatic pistol with a 30-round magazine would be a perfect defense against a pack of feral dogs determined to eat you.
I hope this story helps the cause of constitutional self-ownership and self-defense.
Oh, and by all means speak up leftists. Everyone is all ears.

Why does this sad, sickening story have to devolve into politics and namecalling in the first comment?

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