A 42-year-old Yonkers, N.Y., man has filed a lawsuit against Yonkers, N.Y. police and the city for allegedly shooting and hanging his nine-month-old puppy, reported Saturday’s LoHud.com.
Jermaine Faulk has accused Yonkers police of demanding his identification back on August 18, 2011, near Bregano Park, and of telling him that he was not supposed to be there.
He then claims that the situation escalated; claiming that the officers began to kick and punch him.
Faulk alleges that his pit bull puppy became involved in the midst of the turmoil, biting the pant leg of one of the officers.
In response, a third officer shot the puppy twice, but the gunshots were not immediately lethal.
Faulk alleges that his puppy was hanged by his own leash at the hands of yet another officer.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Baby Girl was on the verge of being euthanized by Animal Care and Control when Patricia Ratz intervened and took the young pit bull in for foster care last fall.
Fast-forward more than six months, and the 2-year-old dog is staring down death once again, this time after being shot by a police officer, says the dog’s owner.
Ms. Ratz and others are disputing claims made by police after a Saturday afternoon biting incident that resulted in at least one officer critically wounding the dog inside the ball field at Schmul Park in Travis.
While Ms. Ratz and her sister, Kathleen Dixon, were walking their three pit bulls, two of them — not Baby Girl — began to quarrel. Ms. Ratz tried to break up the fight, but one of the dogs bit her hand.
Police said Saturday responding officers tried to help her, and in the attempt to get the dog off her, shots were fired.
Ms. Ratz says that’s not the case.
“We had them separated, we had everything calm,” Ms. Ratz said of the dogs, adding that her hand was scratched up and she shouldn’t have put it near the animals. “A cop comes from the street with her gun pointed straight at the dogs, and she just started shooting. She could’ve shot me, or my sister, or the kids [in the park].”
Two officers arrived, said Ms. Ratz and Ms. Dixon, who says she’s also an NYPD officer, and when Ms. Dixon told them to not fire, she said they disregarded her plea.
“I kept yelling at her that I’m a cop, to not shoot the dogs. They’re not aggressive, they’re not going to bite,” said Ms. Dixon.
One female officer, Julie Moschella, was in uniform, while the other, a male, was dressed in civilian clothing, said Ms. Dixon, saying the man did not identify himself. Both sisters say at least three shots and as many as 10 were fired in the Travis park.
After the officers arrived, Ms. Ratz’s two pit bulls were spooked and fled the scene, resulting in police gunfire. The other dog, Bo, was not injured and found not long afterward. Baby Girl was struck in the back and was later found in a cage inside a police vehicle, the sisters said.
So now a cop is getting first-hand experience on what it’s like to have a police officer come out and shoot a member of your family. I feel bad for the dog, but I don’t feel bad for the cops involved, nor the owner, who is also a cop. Hopefully, this is taken as a valuable lesson and an opportunity to train police better on how to deal with people’s pets. These are like our children and pointing a gun at them is barbaric and excessively vicious. It take a real sadistic piece of shit to hurt an animal.