Miami, FL — Officers with the Miami-Dade police department are in the spotlight this week — not for saving children from sex trafficking rings — but for dumping 6 rounds into an 8-month old puppy.
What started as a complaint for barking dogs ended in a puppycide this month after two officers responded to the home of the alleged barkers. Surveillance footage from the homeowners captured the violent scene unfold.
As the video shows, two dogs, a white Maltese and a black American Bully, can be seen coming out of the house and approaching the officer when they arrive. The dogs were apparently let out by the owners as they were nice and weren't going to attack anyone.
Immediately, however, the officer points his gun at the dogs and can be heard asking the homeowners to "grab the dog" in Spanish.
When the puppy sees the other officer, he gets excited and runs to greet him before trotting back to the other officer with his tail wagging. Instead of simply petting the dog or attempting anything other than brute deadly force, the officer pulled out his service pistol and dumped six rounds into the puppy — killing him.
The surveillance footage captures the dog's owners run out from the home screaming and crying once they see their dog, who had immediately died from the six gunshots.
Miami-Dade police told CBS4 News that it is an active and open investigation, and the outlet reported that the dog owners had retained an attorney.
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Animal rights activists have criticized the incident, arguing that police officers should be better trained in how to handle animals.
"This incident did not have had to happen if the officer had been properly trained. We must do better to protect our 4-legged family members. This 8 month old puppy, Alpha, displayed no aggression and did not deserve to die like this," the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation said in a statement.
"Our firm has been retained in reference to this incident. We feel heartbroken for Mr. Abraham and his family. And we believe that any police officer should not use deadly force unless absolutely necessary. When the officer has other alternative non-deadly means available to him or her, those should be used first before pulling their weapon," Gregory Moore, the attorney retained by the the owners said in a statement.
Unfortunately, it is no secret that cops shoot dogs — a lot. Frequent readers of TFTP know too well how many beloved family pets are gunned down every year by public servants in the U.S. It happens so much that there is a term for it called "puppycide." We have an endless archive of stories in which dogs meet their untimely ends at the barrel of a cop's gun.
According to an unofficial count done by an independent research group, Ozymandias Media, a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes. That number could be higher too as many of the cases never make the media reports.
When these cases do make the local media, often times, they are dismissed by apologists who claim the dogs' owners were committing crimes or should have had better control of their dog. Unfortunately, however, it is not just people suspected of crimes who see their dogs gunned down in front of them. Cops go onto the wrong properties all the time and kill the dogs of innocent families — and they do so with impunity.