Dog killed by officer had bitten resident

A Galt police officer on March 31 fatally shot a dog after it bit a person.

The shooting occurred shortly after 12:56 p.m. on the 900 block of Amador Avenue. Galt Police Department’s Interim Chief Brian Kalinowski said that the dog had bitten a person outside her home.

The incident began when a person came to the biting victim’s home “and was pinned on the garage by the dog,” Kalinowski said. He said the victim came out of the house to help the person get inside, and when the victim “shooed the dog away and she turned, the dog attacked her and bit her in the hand and wrist area.”

The victim then called 911, and the responding police officer monitored the dog while waiting for backup.

“The dog continued to growl and be aggressive, and the officer, in an attempt to get distance from the dog, sprayed pepper spray on the dog. The dog continued to be hostile and began to chase the officer. At that time, the officer ultimately fired one shot into the dog,” Kalinowski said. The dog then ran to a nearby field where it died.

“It’s unfortunate that we had to take these actions,” Kalinowski said, “but they were necessary.”

The biting victim sought treatment for her injuries on her own. Information on the ownership of the dog was not immediately available.

K-9 helps find stolen handgun, suspect arrested

A 29-year-old man was arrested April 1 on suspicion of burglary, while a Galt Police Department K-9 assisted in the recovery of a stolen handgun.

Galt police officers detained Galt resident Joshua Hunwardsen on Thursday evening at a house near the intersection of A Street and Emerald Drive, according to the department.

Responding around 9:30 p.m. to a report of an in-progress robbery, officers arrived at the property to find an open gate and a bicycle that had been stolen hours earlier. They later discovered another bicycle stolen in the same case. In the backyard, the officers saw a broken window and found Hunwardsen inside the building.

“Hunwardsen was arrested for burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, felony vandalism, and a parole violation. He was transported and booked at Sacramento County Main Jail,” the department said.

Officers additionally learned that a handgun case and boxes of ammunition had been stolen. The department report said a K-9 searched the house and located the firearm hidden in a toilet. Both the gun and the ammunition have been returned to the owner.

Hunwardsen is being held on a parole hold and is ineligible for bail. He is due in court on April 19.

-Matthew Malone