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Dubuque Police kill around 15 animals per year

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DUBUQUE (AP) - Dubuque police say they typically must kill around 15 animals a year in the city due to them being sick, dangerous or seriously injured.

Officers have killed eight animals so far this year, the Telegraph Herald reports.

Lt. Scott Baxter says most "animal dispatches" are for deer or raccoons, but that an officer recently shot a fox that appeared to be rabid.

Baxter says it's rare that an officer will kill a domestic animal. But if a dog is aggressive and attempting to attack an officer or other people, he says the officer has to act in the best interest of the public's safety.

Baxter says the department tracks animal deaths as part of mandatory reporting whenever officers use their weapon.

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