A Nebraska police office is accused of shooting a family pet without justification and then attempting to cover up the gruesome scene by washing blood and body matter off the sidewalk with a garden hose. The heartbroken Ayala family of Lyman is still grieving over the loss of their beloved 18-month old Rottweiler, Bos.
The dog shooting, which was captured on home surveillance video, gives a moment by moment accounting of the police officer firing multiple shots at Bos, then dragging the dog away and cleaning up the bloody scene, according to the Daily Mail.
Raul Ayala was running errands in town with his wife and children when a relative called to tell him that he heard shots being fired near the family home. When the brother-in-law arrived at the house, he found the dead Rottweiller. After reviewing the home video surveillance tape, the dog owner believes Bos was murdered “in cold blood.”
The extremely graphic video shows the dog spinning around in place, collapsing, and then writhing on the sidewalk before dying from gunshot wounds. Pittsburgh Cop Block obtained and posted the video on YouTube earlier this week. The organization is dedicated to highlighting police officers accused of engaging in brutality or excessive force.
Lyman Police officer Ray Huffman claims that he only shot the Rottweiller after the dog lunged at him and pepper spray proved ineffective. Police department officials maintain Huffman simply washed the blood away so the family wouldn’t have to see it when they returned home. In the video, the officer is shown dragging the dead dog by one leg and moving him off to the side.
A post on the Justice for Bos Ayala Facebook page reads:
“He protected us with all he had, he wasn’t just a dog, he was more like family, my baby didn’t deserve what happened.”
The family is calling for the termination of Huffman from the village police department. So far, the law enforcement agency is supporting the officer’s action, noting witness statements that the animal had been seen acting aggressively. The Ayala family firmly maintains that the video proves their pet was not behaving in a threatening manner.
WARNING: Graphic Video