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A San Diego man is claiming that his world has been destroyed after San Diego police shot and killed his service dog, Burberry, even though the dog was friendly and posed no threat to the officers, Huffington Post is reporting.
Twenty-four-year-old Ian Anderson said he was sleeping when San Diego police began pounding on his door at about 5:00 a.m. The pounding upset his service dog, 6-year-old Burberrry, who began barking. Anderson opened the door to his apartment.
What happened next was caught on the apartment complex’s surveillance cameras, which Anderson showed to reporters on his mobile device. One officer pets the friendly dog. The dog then approaches the other officer, who warns the animal to get back. The officer then pulls out his service weapon and shoots the dog in the head, killing him instantly. The shooting takes place off-camera.
Anderson explains, via the Daily Mail, what happened.
“The other officer yelled and screamed at the dog for no reason to get inside. It startled the dog. [The officer] jumped back, went this way, drew his weapon. Boom. Shot right in the head and he was done. He was dead.”
Across the U.S., police are shooting dogs with alarming frequency. Although many of those shootings are legitimate cases where the officer’s life or health is in danger, reports emerge almost daily of cops killing family pets who posed no threat to them. In Buffalo, according to this Inquisitr report, police have shot 92 dogs in three years.
Anderson has set up a Facebook page in honor of his beloved pet dog who was shot and killed by police, and has started a petition to require San Diego police officers to be trained in animal behavior.
[Image courtesy of: LAist]