Somebody call PETA on the NYPD! A video of New York’s finest is making its rounds on the internet, showing an officer shooting and killing a pitbull after its owner suffered a seizure in the middle of the street.
According to the New York Daily News:
The dog’s owner — described by his friends as a drifter who has the dog for protection — was in front of a KFC fast food restaurant at E. 14th St. and Second Ave. about 4:15 p.m. when he appeared to be having a seizure, witnesses said.
Three cops surrounded the man and tried to roust him, angering the dog, according to witnesses.
“Instead of calling the ambulance, they started kicking him,” said lower East Side resident Aida Feliciano.
“The homeless guy looked like he was having a seizure — the dog started acting defensive,” said Christian Pimentel, 21. “The dog started barking at the officer.”
Alejandro Cararubia, 28, who works at a nearby restaurant, saw the shooting.
“The dog barked and jumped at the cop. The cop shot him in self-defense,” Cararubia said.
The pitbull named Star survived the shooting and was being cared for at an East Harlem shelter. The unidentified homeless man and the shooting officer were taken to Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries.
It hasn’t been a great week for the NYPD. Last Saturday they shot and killed a knife-wielding man in Midtown, and yesterday a pup trying to protect its owner.
Shoutout to Gothamist for the video