In Aurora, Colorado, a dying dog’s last living moments with his owner went viral last month. According to CbsDenver, authorities contend police shot the dog because it had acted “aggressively.” A video released by police reveals the cop’s offensive remark as he shot a woman’s beloved dog in the face.
This week the dog’s owner, Valeria Rios, who is facing criminal charges including keeping a vicious, aggressive, or dangerous dog in her possession, viewed the video of her dog’s last day, as Angelo was shot by one of the officers. The tragic event occurred on October 22 when neighbors called 911 to report two pit bulls were loose and had been attacking someone. Officers responded to the call; they wore their body cameras and a copy of the video released to Valeria was especially disturbing.
In the officer’s written report, he stated he was worried for the people’s safety, stating the larger of the two dogs had taken a defensive stance, and he was afraid for his safety and shot the dog. The dog’s owner, Valeria Rios, disputes the officer’s claim and wants to know why a taser or pepper spray could not have been used instead. Valeria claims the witnesses and officers exaggerated the situation, and the dogs attacked no one. Tragically, Valeria had to have her dog euthanized – the injury from the gunshot wound was too severe for her three-year-old Staffordshire terrier Angelo, to have survived.
According to CbsLocal, the officer could be heard in the video:
“I’ll put this mother-(expletive) down in a minute,” the officer responding to the call stated.
And then Angelo could be heard whimpering and crying as he ran away. By the time time Valeria arrived just moments later, Angelo was dying and his injuries too severe to have been saved. Valeria is angry how the officers laughed about shooting her dog, how Angelo cried out in agony when shot and how her dog wagged his tail until he took his last dying breath; all along Valeria stating her dog was not aggressive or vicious.
The animal attorney representing Valeria feels the police should have waited for Animal Control before shooting the dog, less than lethal methods could have been used and the department could benefit by training on how to confront dogs in stressful situations. These dogs are part of the family – not target practice, the attorney stated.
(Photo with cop’s offensive remarks via Cbs)
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