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Police Shoot, Kill Loose Dogs At San Mateo Park

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A famiy photo of two dogs shot and killed at a San Mateo park. (CBS)

A famiy photo of two dogs shot and killed at a San Mateo park. (CBS)

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SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — Police officers shot and killed two boxer-type dogs that were threatening people at a San Mateo park, according to authorities.

Police responded to a report of two vicious dogs at Laurie Meadows Park around 4:20 p.m. Monday. The dogs apparently knocked down a young girl near a number of small children who were playing soccer.

San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said the dogs approached the officers in a threatening manner.

Police opened fire after unsuccessfully trying to subdue them with a stun gun. Norris said one dog died at the scene. The other was taken to the Peninsula Humane Society, where it died Tuesday.

Norris said the dogs’ owner was not at the park at the time. The family, which lives nearby, said it appears that someone left the gate open at their home.

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