A woman in Chicago, Illinois, is mourning the loss of her beloved dog “Knuckles,” who had to be humanely euthanized after he was shot multiple times by a police officer who responded to a 9-1-1 call on July 6. Tiffany West has taken her story to Facebook- a “Justice for Knuckles” page has been established and already over 2000 people are followers.
West described what she claims transpired that fateful day, “His vehicle appeared to be about 15-20 ft away from where my baby gently strolled 5 ft in front of me in the yard to a grassy patch. The officer got out of his cruiser and stood next to it, and without even a warning, popped off 5 shots in quick succession.”
West stated that her dog was critically injured and bleeding profusely; she wrote: “After the shots were fired, I screamed to the officer “Why did you do this?!!!!” His glib reply, “He looked like he could have charged me,” shrugging. At that point I ripped off the clothes I was wearing and wrapped them around Knucks neck to try and stem the bleeding. I was covered from hair to feet in his blood.”
The officer was there because West had called 9-1-1 after observing an intruder in her friend’s home. Tragically, her effort to help a friend resulted in the unnecessary shooting and subsequent death of her dog. West described what happened after her dog was repeatedly shot: “After they finally removed the INTRUDER from the building. The Srgt.’s response to my cries for help was almost a laugh as he said, “Help? We don’t do emergency vehicles for animals.”
Knuckles was taken to an emergency veterinarian, but it was determined that he would lose both of his front legs and it was unlikely that he would even survive – West stated, “They said there were little to no odds he’d survive and his life after probably wouldn’t be the kind he deserved if he did.”
She described the last heartbreaking moments before Knuckles was released from his pain, “I lay down inside the cage with my baby, my best friend, and my Love, and sang to him about how he was the greatest little bear mommie ever wanted.
As they gave him a morphine drip to calm and ease his IMMENSE PAIN, I held his head, stroked his ears, looked in his eyes. Then as he received his last shot, to send him up to play with all the other doggies and animals and people he loved so much, I looked in his eyes, repeated how much I loved him and felt him go in my arms…”
Find the Justice for Knuckles Facebook page here.
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