San Bernardino County sheriff's officials say deputies responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed a dog in a front yard before realizing they were at the wrong home.
Officials say Buddy, a Husky-Labrador mix, was immediately aggressive when deputies entered the property in Hesperia Monday afternoon.
Fearing the dog would attack, a deputy shot the animal.
Only after talking to the shocked homeowner did the deputies realize they were meant to be at the house next door.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that Buddy's owner, Debra Blackmore, wrote on Facebook that her beloved dog bled to death in the yard.
The sheriff's department in a statement offered “deepest sympathies” to the Blackmores.
Officials say the deputies feel terrible about the dog's death but felt they had no other reasonable option at the time.