Garden Grove

Inquiry into shooting of dog planned

A MAN WAS arrested on several felony charges in an incident in which Garden Grove police fatally wounded a pit bull dog.

An internal investigation is planned in the fatal shooting of a dog by a Garden Grove police officer while serving a search warrant. According to Lt. Carl Whitney of the GGPD, the incident occurred on March 29 at around 10 a.m.

Investigators and officers from the GGPD served a search warrant in the 7300 block of Wyoming Street in Westminster, in pursuit of reported narcotics activity there.


According to Lt. Whitney, when the officers entered the home, they were confronted by a pit bull dog. “The officers attempted to use a fire extinguisher and an animal control pole to contain the dog,” he said, but it eluded them and squeezed through an exit.

Outside the building, officers manning a perimeter were charged by the dog, which tried to bite one of them, police say. One officer fired several rounds at the dog, killing it.

After the shooting, officers completed the search and found narcotics, weapons, ammunition and stolen police equipment. Steve Pudiquet, 57, was arrested and charged with several felonies and booked into Orange County Jail.

When officers shoot at animals, according to Lt. Whitney, an investigation is conducted in cooperation with Animal Control Services.

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