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Hybrid-Wolf Charges at Officers; Teen Arrested
RIVERSIDE -- Due to the severity of his injuries, Bear the wolf-dog hybrid has been euthanized.
RIVERSIDE -- A pet wolf/dog was shot earlier this morning by a Riverside police officer.
"Bear" is a 6-year-old Shepherd/wolf mix and James McCarroll's best friend. "He's a great dog. I've had him since he was 1," McCarroll said.
Bear was shot in the mouth about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday by a Riverside police sergeant.
Riverside Police Chief Mark Reiss said officers were chasing a teen, suspected of aggravated burglary.
The teen ran into James McCarroll's fenced back yard. The officer chasing the teen came face to face with the animal. Chief Reiss said the officer tried to get away from the animal but the animal lunged at the officer trying to bite him.
"The dog was going to attack the officer and he had to defend himself from that. The officers are really left with little choice at that point," Chief Reiss said.
Because of the pet's extensive injures, McCarroll couldn't get a collar on him and needed help from the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center to get him to the veterinarian's office.
"It looks to me some of his teeth were shot out," McCarroll said. "His tongue is in good shape but it's still bleeding pretty bad," he added.
McCarroll said his pet can't eat or drink, but he believes once he gets some medical treatment he's going to be OK.
McCarroll said the police sergeant apologized for shooting his dog. McCarroll said he understands why the officer was forced to use his weapon.
"Bear was protecting his land, that's all it was to it. I don' t hold any hard feelings against the sarge. I would've done the same thing, I guess."
Police say they found the wanted teen hiding under a van on the property. He was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center.
Police said Bear was a legal animal. Hybrids are legal as pets as long as the breed is more dog than wolf.
RIVERSIDE -- A 14-year-old boy finds himself in handcuffs after police say he gave them false information.
It happened on Old Harshman around Springfield Road.
Police say the boy ran when officers were running his information and ended up hiding underneath a van.
While officers searched for him a hybrid-wolf was in the backyard and charged at one of the officers, who ended up shooting the animal. Police say the animal is still alive.
The teen already has warrants out for his arrest. Police say he will face additional charges.
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