[Watch] Why on Earth Did This NYPD Officer Shoot a Pet Dog at Point Blank Range?

[Watch] Why on Earth Did This NYPD Officer Shoot a Pet Dog at Point Blank Range?

And why won't the NYPD release the officer's name?

Published March 27th

They killing puppies now, too?

A shocking CCTV video has captured footage of an NYPD cop shooting a family's dog dead in what appears to be a completely unwarranted attack. The dog was playfully and non-aggressively wagging his tail as he approached the cop, when the officer downed the innocent animal with a single shot to the head. Police have yet to apologize for the senseless killing and the cop involved has yet to be named.

New York Daily News reported that the cop arrived at the scene in the Bronx apartment building to respond to a call at a neighboring apartment. When Yvonne Rosado opened her door to see what was going on, her dog Spike approached the cop, who already had his gun drawn. The officer backed down a stairwell and then opened fire for no apparent reason, killing Spike with a single shot:

"The officer just reacted badly. I was screaming, 'He's friendly! He's friendly! But he still did that to my dog," says Rosado. She also told the Daily News that her beloved pet was "a gentle giant" and "would wag his tail letting everyone know he was friendly." Rosado added that the officers have not explained why her dog was killed and that she is yet to receive an apology.

Rosado's neighbor, Irma Sue Santiago, said Spike "died wagging his tail" but was also furious that police opened fire so close to her home, asking, "What if he had missed the dog and shot my daughter?" She adds that the experience has traumatized her, and that her 16-year-old daughter has had to undergo therapy to help her deal with the grim scene she encountered of Spike dying in his own blood. 

It seems more than likely that a lawsuit or two will come from the unfortunate incident.

(Photo: Halfdark / Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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