BONITA, Calif. - Deputies are investigating after an off-duty National City police officer shot a dog in Bonita.
The incident occurred at about 12:19 p.m. Saturday at the Sweetwater Summit Campgrounds at 3218 Summit Meadow Rd. An off-duty officer was walking with his wife and three dogs – two of which were Chihuahuas and the other a larger dog.
A 3-year-old Great Dane broke free from her chain and went over to one of the little dogs. It is unclear if the dog bit the Chihuahua. The off-duty officer then shot the dog.
The brother-in-law of the dog's owner says the officer fired five shots.
"I thought they were blanks, but actually when she came over here and laid down, I kind of realized she got shot," said Luis Alarcon. "After he shot the first shot, I saw the dog running back, and he continued to shoot."
The dog began to retreat back to a home but died.
Deputies say the shooting was justified.