Shame Story: Cops Gun Down Dog in California!

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Via NY Daily News

Did the dog have to die? That’s what thousands want to know after officers in Hawthorne, Calif., shot and killed an 80-pound Rottweiler after it jumped out of a man’s car during an arrest.

The chilling incident Sunday is all captured on video, right up until 2-year-old Max is shot four times, stumbling and convulsing as he dies on the street.

The police department says the shooting was justified.

The officer said he was trying to control the Rottweiler, first by gaining control of the leash.

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The officer said he was trying to control the Rottweiler, first by gaining control of the leash.

“An assisting officer came to aid and attempted to control the Rottweiler, first by gaining control of the leash,” the Hawthorne PD wrote in a statement. “Fearing that the attacking Rottweiler would imminently bite the officer(s), one officer fired his duty weapon several times, striking and killing the dog.”

The nearly 4-minute video, posted on YouTube and viewed a half-million times, shows a police standoff at 137th St. and Jefferson Ave. in the California city. The dog’s owner, later identified as Leon Rosby, 52, appears on screen, walking his large black and tan canine. Rosby himself pulls out a cellphone and starts filming the police operation while intermittently yelling at the officers on scene. Rosby later said he was worried about civil rights violations.

The dog takes an aggressive posture as his owner, Leon Rosby, is being arrested.

The dog takes an aggressive posture as his owner, Leon Rosby, is being arrested.

Police lead away Rosby, who has numerous complaints lodged against the police department.

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