In Vernon, New Jersey, a police officer shot and killed a dog outside of his home on Saturday. The Labrador retriever, a former rescue pooch named Hiro, had escaped from his yard when an officer came to capture the pet that tragically ended in the dog’s death.
According to the Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery Facebook page, Hiro had been originally rescued by “Eleventh Hour Rescue.” When the officer showed up to corral the dog, he said the dog was foaming at the mouth and he charged at the officer who was “scared s***less.”
Vernon, NJ police just shot and killed a Labrador! I’m working a lost dog here and got a call about this dog, the caller thought it may have been the dog I am looking for. I get here and police go flying by me. I went right over and spoke with the police who claims the dog charged the cop and the cop was “scared shitless and dog was foaming at the mouth, he was trying to offer him water”they shot him in the street in front of his house!!! The guy who called me said that’s a lie he was not foaming at the mouth he watched him for over 10 mins and the dog was fine. I am so f**king disgusted!!!, ” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page.
The officer shot and killed Hiro in front of his home.
An investigation has been opened according to Vernon Mayor Harry J. Shortway. More than 1,500 comments were posted on the rescue’s Facebook page; the tragic photos have been shared nearly 3,000 times.
“To answer some of the repeated questions and concerns… An investigation is being opened and the officers body camera has been Opra requested, we have a few witnesses to the events that happened who we have spoken with directly. One resident who was within feet of the dog and officer witnessed the entire event before, during and after. Hiro was in his own yard when the officer arrived and followed the officer out into the street where he was shot and killed. This occurred in a private Lake community. Thank God there were no children playing around the area at the time. He was shot right next to a basketball hoop where children play. It was 89 degrees at the time and this particular lab has a bad underbite which naturally makes his bottom jaw protrude so his teeth are exposed all the time, even when he’s happy to see someone. The police were called to the area because animal control was closed and they responded to a loose dog report. The man who called it in came down and spoke with us directly in front of eight people and stated he didn’t feel the dog should have been shot and apologized. No more questions will be answered on this post as it is now an active investigation.
As to the reference of Hiro “foaming at the mouth,” the rescue stated on Saturday, outdoor temperatures soared to 89 degrees. In addition, the dog had an under bite which made his bottom jaw protrude so his teeth showed all the time – “even when he’s happy to see someone.”
This is a developing story. Updates to follow.
Rest in peace Hiro.
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