Two dogs who stopped a mugger trying to steal a woman’s purse on a Queens street have beeneuthanized at a city shelter, according to a published report.
“They never gave the dogs a chance,” George Petruncio, who tried to adopt both dogs,told the New York Post. “They did a good thing and this is how you repay them? It’s garbage.”
The attempted theft happened Feb. 7 when a 15-year-old boy targeted a 56-year-old woman after she got off a bus nearSpringfield Boulevard and 145th Avenue at about 8 p.m., the Post initially reported.
The dogs, aGerman shepherd and pit bull, bit the teen on his body and face as he was heading intoSpringfield Park. When police arrived, theypepper-sprayed and used batons to get the dogs off the teen. But they had to use tranquilizerdarts when the caninescame after the boy again.
Police said the teen was taken to a local hospital andcharged as a juvenile with petit larceny and released to his parents.
They turned the dogsover toAnimal Care Centers of NYC in East Harlem.
Local residents praised the dogs’ efforts, and the area’s105th Precinct tried togetAnimal Care and Control to connect them to a rescue group, according to the Post.
ButAnimal Care and Control officials told the Post that theDepartment of Health, who made the final decision, deemed the dogs too aggressive.
“After a comprehensive assessment by an animal behavioral specialist, the two dogs that mauled a teenager were determined too aggressive to be placed at rescue organization or put up for adoption,” Health Department spokesman Julien A. Martinez said. “They were humanely euthanized [on Friday].”