Although police in Laval, Quebec have stated they shot and killed a dog who allegedly ran aggressively towards them on Saturday, two eyewitnesses claim authorities shot the dog for no reason – or maybe because the dog’s breed resembled a pit bull. The witnesses, an animal advocate and dog trainer were so upset, they later posted the story and the video on Facebook; it has since gone viral.
According to the Montreal Gazette, police spokesperson Evelyne Boudreau, stated the police received a call about the break-in and after the suspects fled, one of the neighbors was able to capture the license plate number. A few minutes later, police intercepted the vehicle and two men with a dog were stopped. As the men reportedly did not resist and were arrested, police claim the dog ran aggressively towards them, and they were forced to shoot him.
At the time of the incident however, a woman in tears witnessed the entire tragic scene.
“We just witnessed two men getting arrested, and they had a dog with them,” Katherine Davidson, 26, posted to Facebook. “Their dog was laying next to them, and the cops just shot the dog. The dog wasn’t even doing anything; he was laying down next to his owner. And they shot him multiples times for nothing.”
Katherine’s boyfriend Cory Hunt observed the same thing and added:
“There was no reason whatsoever for the police to shoot the dog; the dog was sitting between the two cars not doing anything. The two cops had the situation under control.There was another cop that could have grabbed the dog. He did nothing. The other cop grabbed his gun out of his holster, shot the dog three or four times without any reason whatsoever.”
According to the police, they said the dog had charged one of them before Katherine had arrived, and they had already shot the dog. By the time Katherine and Cory arrived, the police decided to shoot the dog dead so he wouldn’t suffer.
“I can’t say what happened before I got there,” Davidson said. “But I know the dog was still alive. His head was up. After the police shot him, I just saw the dog kind of collapse his head onto the ground. One second he was alive, and after they shot him, he was dead moments later.”
Davidson wants to see if there is police footage from the incident to explain why the brown and white dog was shot, claiming the public does have a right to know. And then there are the most basic questions – why wasn’t Animal Control called to take the dog and why wasn’t the dog transferred to a veterinarian for treatment instead of being shot by police officers?
(Photo and video of police shot and killed a dog via Katherine Davidson’s Facebook.
Check out Katherine’s video. Rest in peace sweet dog.