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BOISE Another dog shot, this time in Northern Idaho. So far this year, KTVB has counted five dogs shot by Idaho police officers.

This latest shooting has the Coeur D'Alene Police Department receiving threatening calls and emails.

Like other shootings this year, this past shooting in Coeur d Alene received a lot of public outcry.

There are a lot of questions surrounding this latest shooting but very few answers.

Wednesday morning Coeur d Alene Police officers responded to a suspicious van linked to a child enticement investigation.

As the officers were walking up to the window, the dog lunged and the officer acted immediately to protect himself, said Coeur d'Alene Chief of Police Ron Clark.

The officer protected himself by firing his gun, hitting and killing the dog that was poking out of a partially opened window.

What's come out in this investigation is the officer that killed the dog had his gun drawn while walking next to the van.

There's no set protocol, said Clark. The idea is anytime you use your firearm, it's only to be used during a time that your life or self is under great bodily harm or threat thereof. So that's the individual's decision.

As word of the shooting spreads, death threats are pouring into the Coeur D'Alene Police Department. The department is taking the threats seriously but has only filed one police report.

It was a similar situation earlier this year in Filer when an officer shot dog.

In early July the dog's owner filed a lawsuit against city, the police department and the officer who pulled the trigger.

There were also people calling for the officer to resign or be fired. A group even started a petition to recall the Mayor.

Then on July 4th in Nampa, another dog shot and eventually put down. That was the second shooting there in four months. The first came on February 27.

In all but one of the shootings the dog s owner and witnesses cry foul, saying the shootings were not justified.

But so far, of the dog shootings this year, all of the completed investigations found that the officer s actions were justified.

The latest two shootings, in Coeur d Alene and Nampa, the respective departments will head up the investigations to see if the shootings were justified.

Law enforcement agencies want to bring awareness to this issue, but so far haven t received a lot of interest.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office tried to hold a voluntary class for officers, called Canine Encounters, but canceled it because only nine officers signed up for the July 10 meeting.

The sheriff s office has since rescheduled the class for October with the hope more people will sign up.

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