Last month, 2 mixed breed dogs called Cici and Yankee escaped their yard and went for a run around the neighborhood in Long Island, NY. Both were known by neighbors to be friendly and playful. But apparently any loose animal that looks like a Pitbull type dog in Nassau Co warrants the summoning of the National Guard:
An incident in Lakeview involving Pit bulls three days prior caused police to send multiple police officers including detectives and a police helicopter.
Nassau Co police responded to a report that Cici and Yankee were chasing kids and started shooting at the dogs, hitting Yankee. The dogs ran home and the Town of Hempstead sent an ACO to the residence where police had gathered. The owner, who is unable to read English, signed a form he was given by the ACO and the dogs were taken to the pound.
There are no reports indicating the dogs bit anyone, growled at anyone or even cast a stern glance in anyone’s general direction.
The family went to the pound the next day it was open to reclaim Cici and Yankee and were told both had already been killed. The form the owner signed without understanding what it said due to the language barrier reportedly transferred ownership of the dogs to the Town of Hempstead to do with as the pound saw fit. The family was apparently so shocked at this news that they went home and returned the next day, believing they must have been given the wrong information. But they were again told their pets had been killed.
The Town of Hempstead, well known for its alleged abuse of shelter animals, offered this response to a reporter:
“We are confident that the police don’t throw their weapons and shoot at animals unless they present a danger to the public.”
Oh the Town of Hempstead is jokes. If police shot at the dogs, they must be the spawn of Satan because police.
Cici and Yankee’s owners have filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Town of Hempstead for killing their pets without due process. The town is apparently rolling in dough. I hope the owners get every penny and just maybe, some stuffed shirt mooching off taxpayers there will take notice and effect change.
(Thank you Clarice for the links.)