Dogs dies after officer involved shooting in SLO

September 27, 2019

Riley Manford and Bubbers


A 7-year-old pit bull/boxer mix died shortly after a San Luis Obispo Police officer shot him multiple times while responding to a false report of a burglary.

After receiving the report of a possible burglary at a three-unit residence on Santa Rosa Street, officers quickly determined the report was inaccurate. But, by that time, two officers had walked onto the property, and one was afraid of the resident’s dog.

Officer Josh Walsh ordered Riley Manford to control her “fucking dog,” Manford said. “I told him he was a friendly dog and asked him to put his gun down so I could get Bubbers.”

Before Manford could reach her dog, Walsh fired three shots at Bubbers. Two shots struck the dog and one bounced off the concrete.

Following the shooting, Bubbers was transported in critical condition to a veterinary clinic. The dog suffered internal injuries and one of his legs was shattered.

At about 7 p.m., it was determined that the dog needed to be put down.

“If he did survive, they said he would always be in pain,” Manford said with a moan. “He was a member of our family.”

Uncle Jack

How many days will go by without an official response from the SLO PD?

“It’s unfortunate” is pretty much the only public statement so far.

They are turning their friends into foes by giving the appearance of trying to push this under the carpet. It isn’t just going to go away SLO PD!


When she told the officer that the dog was friendly she was obviously lying and trying to entrap the officer to be attacked by the dog. He had to shoot the dog, the girl, or both.


get real – This thread is about animal cruelty and profile of the breed ….

abusive power of law enforcement – No doubt civil litigation will follow bare in mind this will never make it to a jury trial in the end SLO PD will pay dearly. Let’s see justice prevail and animal rights upheld.


Profile of the breed. And what do many think of Slo’s co’s law enforcement these days with unnecessary stunts like this taking place. Profile of the breed indeed.


Nobody on this site gets sarcasm.


When she told the officer that the dog was friendly she was obviously lying and trying to entrap the officer to be attacked by the dog. He had to shoot the dog, the girl, or both.

Sarcasm is the highest form of communication, but not everyone gets it. I agree Obispan……Bubbers was a violent, aggressive, angry dog….and his owner was trying to get officer Walsh bit…for fun!

Bubbers’ owner needs to be charged with attacking a peace officer. /sarcasm

What I don’t understand is how these incredibly brave police officers….who put their lives on the line, etc. can be scared of a barking dog? They face drug lords with automatic weapons and suitcase nukes all day, every day and they’re scared of dogs?


How can we expect ANY accountability from local LEOs? If the DA allowed a Paso cop to walk away clean after raping a woman, do you think they care about a Dog that was killed?? Scooter narrowly missed being charged for securing the Chiefs service weapon..An illegal search and seizure( a civil rights violation) involved in that case resulted in the lead officer getting promoted shortly after. These officers and their leadership are unstable, violent, and above accountability. Unbelievable!


This was a result of a girl fixing a window screen, middle of the day, cops and gunfire. This almost happened to to me a few days before and nothing was going on at all. It is clear that we cannot trust SLOPD cops. They are unstable and a menace.


Obispan…..your comment is right on target.

It is more dangerous to call the police than it is to simply suffer the loss of goods due to a burglary. It is also far better and safer to simply put up with obnoxious neighbors than to call the police.

That’s a hard concept for many to grasp, but it’s pretty easy to not only prove, but to simply “see” for oneself. Read the headlines of our local news. The police not only do a lousy job of preventing crime, they actually commit dangerous crimes that endanger the public as part of their jobs!

Police also enjoy general immunity from crimes committed in the line of duty.

For example: simple internet searching will reveal that public utility workers have been convicted of criminal acts and have done time in jail for injuring or killing dogs on the job. Cops, on the other hand, can use family pets as target practice and won’t have to worry about any repercussions.

The double standard, monopoly on the use of force and the fact that police have a much different set of laws to which they are subject…..couple with the crazy notion of PREVENTION…..has created a police force that now does more harm than good.

You’ve got to be crazy or stupid….or both….to call the police. Your chances of suffering go way, way up when uniformed, steroid abusing, hard-drinking, domestic violence perpetrating cops show up with their ‘roid-rage attitudes looking to shoot someone or something.

How much better off would this poor woman have been if she was indeed burgled and the cops never showed up? I think she’d much rather that have happened than what actually did happen.

Folks, if you see officer Walsh….I recommend getting out of his way quickly and quietly. He’s a menace to public safety. If he screams at you, put your hands up and get face down on the ground or risk death. He’s itching to shoot….that much is quite clear.


I want to know if I can get my cat a job with SLOPD. He has thrashed, with non-lethal force, every dog that has so much as looked at him sideways. The neighbor’s 80 lb. husky, who advances on everyone she encounters, looking for love, and thus would be shot by SLOPD, steers clear of my cat. I try to get her to stay back, but she keeps advancing determined to get some dog spit on my bare leg.


Utility workers and delivery persons carry pepper spray, more than enough non-lethal firepower to neutralize with any threat, animal or otherwise.