A Colorado woman called 9-1-1 early Friday morning after seeing someone who appeared to be impaired in her yard – officers with the Pueblo Police Department responded and wound up shooting her service-dog-in-training seven times. According to KOAA News, the dog, a pit bull named “Crios” managed to get through a gate on the property and he approached an officer.
The two-year-old dog’s owner, Leslie Hanson, claims that her dog merely walked up to the officer. The Pueblo Police Department offered a difference version of the situation. Following the shooting, the department recounted their version of the incident to Facebook followers:
As one officer arrived, and as he began to approach other officers to assist, a large pit-bull exited a residence through an open gate and began to charge the officer. The officer attempted to retreat but the dog continued to charge. Eventually, and in order to protect himself from serious injury, the officer fired several rounds striking the dog. Though the dog was transported for treatment, the dog succumbed to his wounds.
The department stated that the situation was “unfortunate” and noted that lethal force is only used as a last resort. Hanson contends that her dog was friendly and good with people – she told KOAA, “I could take him anywhere–the park, Lowe’s, the stores–people loved him.”
Tragically, a neighbor who witnessed the deadly shooting has stated that the police would not allow the dog to immediately be transported to a veterinarian for care – the neighbor believes that Crios may have been saved if he has received emergency treatment.
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