Baby Girl recovering at the Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR) after reportedly being shot by a police officer in Schmul Park on Saturday afternoon. The unleashed dog was initially reported to be dead.
The brother of the injured dog's owner wrote on Facebook that the officer shot the dog after the incident was already under control, and that the officer shot a dog who wasn't involved in the incident, according to a post on gothamist.
"The bullet entrance and exit wounds show the dog was running away, NOT [TOWARD] the cop like that coward officer claims. The fight was already under control, yet hero cop of the day felt it necessary to pull out her gun and shoot. THIS DOG WASNT EVEN THE ONE THAT WAS FIGHTING."
According to cops, the owner was walking with her unleashed dog at Schmul Park in Travis around 1 p.m. Saturday. Three dogs were involved in the incident, though it is unclear whether all three belonged to the woman. Two of the dogs started fighting, and when the woman went to break them up, one bit her. "Responding officers tried to help her, and in the attempt to get the dog off her, shots were fired," a police spokesman said.
Two other dogs were in a scuffle. The dogs did not " attack an turn on their owner ". She accidentally got bitten while breaking up the scuffle. Baby Girl was NOT involved ( it was two other family dogs) and was running AWAY from the fight when cops fired 3 rounds. Baby Girl was shot in the stomach. She is now fighting for her life and her adopters are paying for a 6000 surgery. They are doing whatever they can. Baby Girl has never had an issue with people or other dogs. She is best friends with a bunny rabbit... Yes. A bunny!
Baby Girl underwent two surgeries.
We reached out to the NYPD for comment regarding the brother's claims as well as to the Parks Department to see if the woman was facing any charges stemming from the off-leash condition that lead to the incident.
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