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Dog shot by CdA police was actually black lab named ‘Arfee,’ not pit bull…

Craig Jones posted this photo of his black labrador,
Craig Jones posted this photo of his black labrador, "Arfee," on his Facebook page; the dog was shot by a police officer in Coeur d'Alene who mistook it for a lunging pit bull (Facebook/Craig Jones)

The owner of a dog fatally shot by a Coeur d’Alene Police officer on Wednesday says the dog wasn’t a “vicious pit bull,” as initially reported by the police department in a news release Wednesday, but a 2-year-old black Labrador named “Arfee.”

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Ron Clark, in a statement today, said the department is reviewing the shooting incident. “The Police Department had a veterinarian examine the dog and it has been identified as a lab mix,” Clark said. “We understand the grief the family is dealing with due to the loss of their pet. We also understand the distress this has caused for citizens,” Clark said. “The officer who shot the dog is also distraught over this incident.”

Police reported that they were responding to a report of a suspicious van, possibly containing someone watching young children nearby. When an officer approached the van on the driver’s side, he reported that a dog he thought was a pit bull lunged out the window toward his face, prompting him to fire his service weapon, striking the dog in the chest and killing it; no one was in the van. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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