In Newark, Delaware, the surviving dog Newark police stated was “aggressive” and foaming at the mouth last week was captured by the Office of Animal Welfare on Thursday evening. An animal control officer was able to leash the female German shepherd mix without incident.
Newark police officers in Delaware were videoed last Friday trying to capture two stray dogs for over an hour when they intentionally struck the animals with their vehicles. Police stated the dogs had been aggressive and charged and growled at them while they were trying to capture the animals. Officers then said the dogs were a danger to people in the area and intentionally hit the dogs with their patrol vehicles. One dog was fatally shot by the officers, and the German shepherd ran away.
“The dogs were simply hanging out under a tree in a grassy area. However, as the police presence grew, they formed a line behind the dogs and continued to yell at them and eventually chase them around the building,” witness Ashton Cleveland said. “It quickly escalated to the cops and [animal control officers] chasing these scared dogs down the street and cornering the pit bull and shooting it multiple times.”
“Newark Delaware Police Department I am sickened by your officers actions today. They cornered and taunted stray dogs that were initially acting FRIENDLY to the point that my friend almost had them leashed. I, an SPCA employee, and my friend a very recently former SPCA employee of 3 years were told to back off and threatened with arrest while trying to save the dogs. They drew their weapons instead of using catch poles and then SHOT ONE OF THE DOGS. Then, gave us a THUMBS UP after killing this dog. Then another officer went out of his way to run the other dog over with his SUV. You should be ashamed. Complaints are being filed.”
According to the Newark Post Online, the female dog is now at Brandywine Valley SPCA. The dog will be quarantined for the next ten days to ensure she does not have rabies and then will be made available for adoption.
Police have defended their actions. Authorities continue to search for the person believed to have abandoned both dogs. Read previous article here.
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