I wanted to post something about this dog who was shot downtown by the LAPD but everytime I start it turns into some very angry rant and I think I want to avoid that. So I’m not going to ask why this (reportedly non-agressive) dog was shot. You can read the story and decide for yourself, what I’m going to ask is why the LAPD felt it was better to let the dog slowly bleed to death in front of her 58 year old owner than let him try to help, or at least comfort her.
Others who work nearby also said they doubted that the 10-year-old pit bull posed a serious threat to the officers.
“She was never aggressive. I never even heard her growl. There’s no way she would attack,” said Michael Faye, a photographer whose studio is nearby and who had known the dog for three years.
Mark Helf, an art director working at the studio on a sportswear advertising photo shoot, described the scene as heart-wrenching.
“They wouldn’t let Benny go to his dog, even to put a compress on the wound. He had to basically watch his dog bleed to death and die over a two-hour period.
“I heard Benny plead, ‘Please, please shoot my dog, put it out of its misery.’ They wouldn’t even do that,” Helf said.
[Benny] Josephs, who heard the gunshot but did not see the shooting, said he tried to aid his wounded dog but was blocked by police.
“Teri tried to get up and kept falling down. They wouldn’t let me help her,” he said.