A Thornton, Colo. family is grieving the untimely and violent demise of their dog, “Scar,” who was shot and killed on Sunday.
According to Monday’s publication of KDVR News, Thornton police were chasing after a man who was wanted on a misdemeanor drug charge.
In the midst of the chase, an officer encountered Scar, an American bulldog mix, and opened fire.
Witnesses to the shooting claim that the 8-year-old dog was standing in his own yard when the officer shot him. Police offer a different version, claiming that the dog charged off of the property at the officer, and that the shooting was in self-defense.
Vivian Girone, Scar’s human “grandma,” describes her last moments with the fatally wounded dog:
“He was bleeding profusely. And he fell in. I dragged him in. I covered his head and I loved on him. He was so hurt,”
The Thornton Police released their version of what happened, describing the American bulldog as a pit bull:
“….a large pit bull started to run toward the officers from a nearby residence. The dog charged one of the officers and began to leap at one of the officers. To protect himself from the attack as the dog’s mouth was open while charging, the officer fired one round and struck the animal.”
A witness claims that Scar was not running at the officer, nor barking or growling. In fact, the witness has stated the the dog was approximately 20 to 30 feet away at the time that the officer fired the shot.
That witness goes on to state the following about the officer’s actions:
“He just saw that dog, didn’t even look twice, went boom,”
Scar’s family, who owned the dog since he was just a puppy, is devastated by the loss of their dog.
John Lara, Scar’s owner, said:
I raised him. He was the most lovable dog you could ever imagine. He learned to play football. He made touchdowns. He just wouldn’t return the ball back,
Scar was not able to survive the gunshot wound to his face, despite being rushed to an area veterinarian for treatment.
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