Stubborn dog gets into standoff with police in Encanto

SAN DIEGO - A dog that got in the backseat of a man’s hummer and refused to budge prompted a short standoff with police late Sunday night in Encanto.

Christopher Saldana said he unloading chairs from a Hummer in the 6400 block of Madrone Avenue sometime before 10:30 p.m. when he walked out of his house to find a boxer sitting in the backseat of the vehicle.

"We were like, ‘crazy, where did this dog come from?’"

Saldana said they tried to bait the animal with dog food, water and a slice of pizza, but nothing worked.

"I tried to bring him a little slice of pizza, who can say no to pizza? Not even that could take him out of the car... We tried to get friendly with him, but he lunged at us. So, from that point we were like, 'Yes, we're going to call police.'”

According to Saldana, the dog also lunged at the first San Diego police officer who responded. The officer decided to wait for backup. Eventually, a K-9 unit with a catch pole was called out. The dog was lured out of the Hummer and into the back of a patrol car. It was taken to San Diego County Animal Control. Police did not immediately confirm if they located the dog’s owner.

Saldana’s vehicle was not damaged.

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