Two dogs running loose in Carmichael were shot by California Highway Patrol officers for public safety reasons earlier this week.
The CHP received a call about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday that two dogs were attacking a deer in the Carmichael area. No dogs were initially found, but a badly injured deer was located.
Sacramento County Animal Control had to euthanize the deer at the scene because it was badly mauled, according to CHP spokesman Officer Lizz Dutton.
At 11:40 p.m., another report came in regarding two "wolves" running in nearby neighborhoods near Homesweet Way and California Avenue, said Dutton. An officer found the animals, which were actually dogs, on Fair Oaks Boulevard, south of Marconi Avenue, Dutton said.
The officer tried to "make contact with them but the dogs turned aggressively and began to advance toward him," Dutton said. The officer retreated to the safety of his patrol car.
The officer noted that one of the dogs was covered in blood. The officer requested animal control assistance, but they were not immediately able to respond, said Dutton.
The officer followed the animals and was eventually joined by another CHP unit. As the dogs moved through neighborhoods, officers advised residents to stay in their cars.
"The dogs were running around everywhere," said Dutton. "Based on what the officers had seen, and, out of concern for public safety, they decided they would discharge their weapons at the dogs. They did that."
Both dogs fled, one of them struck by a patrol car as the animal ran. The other went to a porch area where it was trapped.
Animal control took both dogs away. Neither of the dogs had collars or tags on them, Dutton said.
A Sacramento County spokeswoman said that one of the dogs was already dead when brought to the animal control shelter. The second dog was brought to the shelter wounded and taken to a vet who had to euthanize it due to injuries.
Sacramento's Fox40 television station reported a man who claimed to be the owner of the dogs said they were Siberian Huskies.
According to the Fox40 report, the man said a burglar was responsible for letting the dogs out of his apartment over the weekend.
KTXL video: Huskies Mistaken for Wolves in Carmichael