NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- A Burbank Police officer, who allegedly shot a
Burbank family's pet dog Friday night, was arrested Sunday in an
unrelated incident on suspicion of disorderly conduct at a concert,
Burbank Police Officer Anthony Valento, 30, was described as
belligerent and unable to care for his own safety due to alcohol
consumption while attending a pop-punk concert by Offspring at the
Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Deeley
Deeley said that amphitheater security officers and sheriff's deputies
tried to calm Valento down, but were unable to. Valento reportedly told
arresting officers he was an off-duty Burbank Police officer, Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Patterson said.
Joseph Valento Jr., the officer's 28-year-old brother who was also at
the concert, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery against a
15-year-old girl from Arcadia, Deeley said.
The brothers were held at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department West
Hollywood station and were released Tuesday. Anthony Valento was cited
with a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct and was not required to post
bail. Joseph Valento Jr. posted $25,000 bail, Patterson said.
When contacted by phone, Joseph Valento Sr., a retired Burbank Police
captain, said his sons were unavailable for comment.
On Friday, Anthony Valento allegedly shot a Labrador retriever, said
Angela Gualtiere, one of the dog's owners. Heather Ingram, 9, heard
two shots and a loud yelp that night.
"I can't explain what it was, but I knew it was my dog right away,"
said Ingram, who has grown up with 8-year-old Whoopie. "I cant explain
how sad I am that someone shot my dog that feels like a sister to me."
Valento was responding to a report of domestic violence in the 2700
block of Wyoming Avenue -- the same block where the Ingrams live -- when
Whoopie allegedly bolted from the house and ran toward the officer who
feared for his safety, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said.
Whoopie was shot once in the leg, shattering her bone, and once in the
face, knocking out a tooth and decimating her lower lip. She was taken to
Magnolia Veterinary Clinic at the police department's direction, Taylor
Whoopie is in critical condition, said Jaime Valasco, the attending
veterinarian. Valasco also confirmed the city is paying for the dog's
"Although our officer was just taking steps to protect himself, we are
still saddened that this domestic violence disturbance led to the dog
getting hurt," Taylor said.
Robert Ingram and his fiancee, Gualtiere, said Whoopie is a friendly
dog and has never had a history of attacking anyone.
A shooting review board will examine the incident as soon as possible
to make sure the officer's actions were within policy, Taylor said.