A Bronx woman whose dog was shot and killed by an NYPD officer has filed a notice of claim for a lawsuit against the city as video of the incident has now surfaced.
On Feb. 13, Yvonne Rosado’s 4-year-old dog Spike was shot in the head and killed by an NYPD officer inquiring about a domestic violence call at a nearby apartment in her East 183rdStreet building, the New York Daily News has reported.
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“The officer just reacted badly,” Rosado was quoted by the Daily News. “I was screaming, ‘He’s friendly! He’s friendly!’ But he still did that to my dog.”
After the officer had knocked on Rosado’s door, Spike exited, tail wagging, and the officer backed down a stairwell, gun drawn, the Daily Mail reported in a related article. He then shot the dog, killing it with a single shot to the head.
Video of the incident is graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.
The NYPD has not named the officer in the incident, the Daily Mail stated, adding that spokesman John Grimpel said, “The incident is being reviewed by our force investigation division and the findings will be subject to a firearms discharge review board.”
The NYPD did not say if the involved officers had the department’s new pepper spray, issued because the old type was not effective on dogs, according to the Daily News, which added that the officer who killed Spike was treated for tinnitus at an area hospital.
“I heard the cops had to go to the hospital for ringing ears, but my daughter has to go to psychiatric therapy for this,” Rosado was quoted by the Daily News.