"My understanding is her dog (a small Italian greyhound) was being attacked by this other dog (a large Labrador retriever)," said Sgt. Dan Vicencio of the Mountain View Police Department. "It's a question of whether she was (acting) aggressively or if she did the right thing."
The owner of the Labrador, Heidi Faith, said in an email that her dog Chloe "did not deserve this vicious death. Yes, she escaped from the yard, was not on a leash and chased the other dog from in front of our house down the street to the other dog's house."
Faith added that her dog was a 9-year-old rescue. "She had been breeder dog in a puppy mill before being dumped on the side of the road. She was an affectionate and vibrant dog who was learning what living in a house was like."
The incident occurred on the 2000 block of Mardell Way on the afternoon of Oct. 1.
As of Oct. 7, no charges had been filed and no arrests had been made. Vicencio said the city's new animal control provider, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, is conducting an investigation. Those with information about the incident are asked to call (408) 764-0347.