A police officer with the Painesville Police Department in Ohio is accused of a despicable act of cruelty towards a dying pit bull. The alleged situation was posted to the department’s Facebook page by someone who claims to have witnessed the dog being kicked in the head as she lay dying on the ground.
A portion of the witnesses’ post to the Facebook page explains what allegedly happened:
I’m so lost for words for what happened yesterday. A beautiful pitbull got hit in front of my work yesterday, grateful many people stopped to see if she was okay unfortunately she was dying I sat there petting her head for her last breath makin sure she knew she wasn’t alone. Some nice person gave her a sheet to be covered with so she could be comfortable. As the painesville police officer arrived he then grabbed the dog by her legs kicked her in the head n threw her in the truck of his cruiser.
The damning post has generated a great deal of outrage and the department has indicated that an investigation into what happened has been started. On Friday morning, the department issued a post to its Facebook page about the incident:
Regarding the incident that involves one of our officers. We currently have 3 of the department’s supervisor’s working actively as we look into this incident in detail. We are in the process of contacting everyone who was on scene, and are reaching out to the parents of the children who witnessed this. We have already spoken to the owners, and more information will follow this afternoon. Thank you to those who have helped us looking into this and relayed what occurred we greatly appreciate your time.
Sincerely, Acting Chief Dan Waterman
According to WKYC, the department has reached out to the dog’s owner with apologies over what happened.
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