An Oakland preschool teacher arrived home Tuesday to find a note on her door from the police, explaining that they had shot and killed her dog while responding to a false burglary alarm. The note stated that Mary Kate Hallock’s 11-year-old arthritic yellow lab had “advanced on officers in a threatening manner” by growling and barking when they entered the property, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I probably read that note 10 times,” Hallock said. “I was incredulous. Gloria’s never bit anyone. She’s just a gentle old dog, a classic Lab, always wagging her tail.” Though a police captain did later come to the house to apologize, the Hallock family is still shocked by the loss of their companion, whom they had since she was a puppy. “It was like a physical blow,” Hallock said. “It just didn’t feel right.”