HESPERIA, Calif. (ABC NEWS) – Police in Hesperia were trying to answer a domestic disturbance call, when they ended up at the wrong house.
Deputies shot and killed an 11-year-old husky mix named buddy after they say he was acting aggressive.
“Came out of that door and shot him. I was right behind him. There is no reason for cops to say he was acting aggressive,” Tony Cardoza said.
“The cops held us hostage – frisking us and checking us and wouldn’t allow us to go find him.” Dwayne Blackmore said.
Shortly after the shooting, deputies learned they were at the wrong house.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says the caller gave dispatch incorrect information about the home.
The deputy who fired his weapon acted in self-defense which they say is supported by the audio recording for the deputy’s belt recorder.
“As they entered the property a small dog followed by a larger dog, charged at deputies,” Lt. Brad Toms, of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, said.
The neighbor who called asked that his name not be used.
He says he told dispatchers that the home was to the left of his. Somehow deputies ended up his neighbor’s home on the right.
“I heard the gunshot. I came out just to let them know, you’re at the wrong place,” neighborhood said.
Buddy’s owner, Debra Blackmore wants to know why more wasn’t done to try and save her beloved dog.
“I don’t understand why the cop when they knew they were at the wrong house and shot my dog. Why didn’t they rush him to the emergency?”
The Sheriff’s Department says they did offer to help buddy to the vet. The family says it came with a big price tag and decided to take Buddy themselves.
He didn’t make it.
The department reached out to the family to offer their apology. Once they went to the right house, police say they did make an arrest.