New York Cop Murders A Beloved Dog

Early one morning in February, New York resident Yvonne Rosado heard a noise outside her apartment and cracked open her front door to see what was going on. Three cops were there, called by a neighbor on an issue unrelated to Rosado. Rosado’s dog Spike, a pitbull, also ran out, and that’s when the trouble started.

CBS New York reports:

“’When I realized that it was an officer in front of the door, I said, ‘He’s friendly! He’s friendly!’ Rosado said.

Surveillance video showed Spike coming out of the apartment. His tail was wagging as he ran over to the officer, who pulled his weapon and shot him at point blank range.

“The officer just started backing away and I thought he was pointing his finger at him, but he pointed the gun and shot,” Rosado said. “Everything happened in less than one minute.”

The three officers then proceeded to head down the stairwell; when Rosado ran after them, screaming, they threw her to the ground before exiting the building, according to CBS New York.

Now, every time she leaves her apartment, “It’s like a tearing inside that I feel every day when I open that door and I see that in my head — him just lying there twitching,” Rosado said.

Spike was a pitbull, and he wasn’t harming anyone. This of course is not an isolated incident.

A Dog Shot By Law Enforcement Every 98 Minutes

Puppycide, a documentary made in 2013 that explored the lives of owners and dogs of all shapes and sizes who were gunned down, estimated that a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes. Animal-abuse activists came up with that number after tallying accounts of dog-shootings from news stories across the country.

In fact, no government agency keeps a national database on the number of pets killed by police. (Although interestingly the postal service can tell you exactly how many times workers delivering mail have been bitten by dogs.) 

Richard Bruce Rosenthal, general counsel and co-founder of the Lexus Project, Legal Defense for Dogs, sees how police across the country are showing less respect for people’s pets, and he attributes this to a growing trend by the police to use more aggressive tactics. 

“It’s a travesty that’s going on all over the country, and the more it happens the more our police feel emboldened to pull their guns and shoot first,” Rosenthal said.

“Whenever and wherever this happens, people are horrified at the reckless use of police power, but basically (police) ignore it in the name of security,” Rosenthal said. “The only way it’s going to be reformed is if more and more people get lawyers and litigate.”

Justice For Spike

For their part, the New York Police Department has not released the name of the officer who fired the shot that killed Rosado’s pitbull. The department said the incident is being reviewed by the Force Investigation Division.

That’s not enough for Rosado, who has hired a lawyer in her quest for justice.

“I want the officer to be disciplined for what he did to my beloved, because he tore away something – a family member,” Rosado said.



Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Neville B.
Neville B2 years ago

Dear Yolanda Lyons, pepper-spray is a great idea, both for animals and humans, instead of shooting! : )

Yolanda Lyons
Yolanda Lyons2 years ago

I believe that a whole new kind of training must be made available to police officers in academies. They must be taught to recognize the signs of when a dog is friendly, when a dog is nervous, and when a dog is becoming aggressive. The answer is no longer to just pull your gun and shoot, because people aren't going to let that happen many more times before they will start demanding that such training is made available. To shoot a person's pet right in front of him or her or, heaven forbid, in front of a child is totally unacceptable. I know that there are many, many good police officers; however, there are always those who like the power that having a gun gives them, and those are the ones that I call "cops" because they don't deserve to be called officers. I also think that all officers should have to carry pepper spray that could be used when dogs seem to be aggressive.

Sierra B.
Sierra B2 years ago

I hope that we get justice for this dog.

Neville B.
Neville B2 years ago

A dog yesterday, a non-white man today, a white family member tomorrow, a foreign tourist next week: many of us could suffer from this root problem, which seems to me to be that, partly due to the violence, and the availability of guns, in the US, so many officers rely on (fear of) their gun for authority (even when it's NOT needed), and not training or life-skills. This doesn't work for animals, so if it's all the cop has got, it's all he/she can use, which isn't good enough. Is there training for dog-encounters given?

This doesn't apply to the many good cops I'm sure, but on the other hand it doesn't apply to the lazy or thug cops either - the ones who shoot non-threatening victims, and bolster their self-image with a 'warm-gun' fix.

Lolli M.
Lolli M2 years ago

....and a camera is a very good proof!

Lolli M.
Lolli M2 years ago

People are guilty if proven so, animals are always innocent!

Jacqui GLYDE2 years ago

They don't need his name,they have the bastard's photo.

Eve L.
Eve L2 years ago

This is disgusting... :-(

Lori Hone
Lori Hone2 years ago

This has to stop, people have to speak out and make sure those who work for us know they are not above the law/