Another pit bull shot by police in D.C.
A Washington D.C. resident says one of several police officers chasing a man on a bicycle shot her dog twice without provocation.
Blue, a three-year-old male pit bull, was shot in the shoulder and hip.
“This is wrong. This is animal cruelty, this is excessive”, his owner, Tiffany Reynolds, told ABC7.
Last week’s shooting comes nearly a year after a pit bull mix was pushed or thrown into a stairwell by a D.C. police officer trying to break up an altercation between dogs during a street festival. The officer said the dog was charging toward him when he fatally shot him.
That dog, named Parrot, was being fostered while awaiting adoption through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
In last week’s incident, Reynolds said an officer came up an alley, near the 900 Block of Crittenden Street, NW. His gun was drawn, and he told her to grab her dog, who wasn’t on a leash.
She said she was reaching for her dog when the officer fired what neighbors say was five shots: “As I’m grabbing him,” she said. “The officer could’ve shot me. I’m grabbing toward toward the dog and he’s shooting my dog.”
Thursday night, an police spokesman confirmed that an officer did fire his weapon, that a dog was shot, and that an internal investigation is underway.
Blue ran off, and was discovered by a neighbor several blocks away. He was treated at an animal clinic and is expected to survive.
Reynolds was issued a citation and faces a $100 fine for not having her dog on a leash.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 6th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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