A family dog is now dead, shot during dogfighting raid in Western New York, The Buffalo News reported April 25.
Sadly the dog killed by Buffalo police was a 13-year-old boxer who lived at 269 Lorina, His name was Ace.
Resident Diedra Patters stated Ace was a companion to her 16-year-old niece, who suffers from medical issues. The two have been inseparable since the girl was a child.
Diedra's niece is an orphan, and now she's worried Ace's death will further deteriorate her niece's health.
Diedra also alleges police had the wrong address, and that her home should never have been raided. She has a few choice words for those responsible for Ace's death.
“At the end of the day, God sees and knows all. He rights all wrongs."
A total of 21 dogs were seized from more than half a dozen addresses on the East Side and University District of Buffalo, as well as on Grand Island.
The Erie County SPCA is now in charge of their care after they and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assisted police. SWAT officers from the Town of Tonawanda and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office also assisted Buffalo police with the raid.
Many of the dogs had visible scars from being fought. Buffalo Police explained dogfighting is big business in Buffalo, and this bust may be part of the largest dogfighting ring in Buffalo.
Resident raided included
*200 block of Wood Avenue,
*300 block of Humboldt Parkway,
*100 block of Hewitt Avenue,
*200 block of Forest Avenue
*100 block of Ontario Street
*3000 block of Grand Island Boulevard
*2 other addresses
Friday's roundup followed reconvention of the city’s Anti-Dogfightng Task Force in March 2014
The investigation started after Ginja, a young pit bull, was stolen from the city animal shelter on Oak Street.
Buffalo police insist the Patterson home wasn't targeted by mistake. The Patterson house was "profiled" because it looked like all of the other houses in the area that were considered 'dens of crime and violence.'
Police seized a total of six dogs from the back yard of the home where Ace was shot. According to police, those dogs also showed scars typical of dogfighting.
This is breaking news, and no word has come in that an investigation will be held into Ace's death, or whether he'll be yet another statistic of dogs shot because police were at the wrong address.
This case is similar to three family dogs belonging to Hell's Angels being shot and killed by police. Several members of the motorcycle group split a near million dollar settlement.
This Examiner article tells of how police, and others responsible, were charged with negligence. The argument was that since the police had been planning the drug raid for over a week, non-lethal methods of dealing with dogs should have been taught.
Readers, who do you believe in this case, and how would you suggest this situation could have been handled differently?
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