ALBANY -- A 15-month old dog named Amore was shot and killed by two police officers Monday morning at the Albany Bulb, a city spokeswoman said.

City Clerk Nicole Almaguer said the two officers were patrolling the Bulb around 8 a.m. when they came across Amore and another dog, who were unleashed and not with their owners. The fatal shots were fired after the dogs lunged toward the officers and one dog bit one of the officer's arms, Almaguer said.

It was unclear which dog bit the officer.

Jill Posener of Paw Fund, an East Bay nonprofit offering services to low-income and homeless people with pets, including Bulb residents, said she never saw signs of aggression from Amore. But she did not blame the officers' actions.

"He was a good pup," Posener said. "I don't think any police officer likes to kill a dog. It's a tragedy."

The dogs are two of about 25 that live in a homeless encampment at Albany Bulb, a waterfront park located near Golden Gate Fields racetrack.

The city is preparing to turn the property over to the East Bay Regional Park District as part of the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, and plans to clear out the encampment and transition its residents into a temporary shelter.

Posener said she is seeking a volunteer veterinarian to work two hours this week at the Bulb to give rabies vaccines to dogs. To volunteer, email her at techs@pawfund.org or call 510-390-3488.

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