A Springfield, Oregon dog shot by Springfield Police August 12 is still clinging to life, KVAL News reported August 13.
Witnesses are disputing the police version of what took place Tuesday evening near the intersection of South 41st and Camellia Street when Springfield police responded to an aggressive dog call.
A 911 call came into the Springfield Police Department around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday evening from a resident who saw a dog trying to corner a 12-year-old boy. The person who placed the call was able to get their vehicle between the dog and the boy, allowing the boy to get inside to safety.
Other reports came in from neighbors, who said the dog was running loose in the neighborhood.
The police officer involved reported the dog, later identified as a rescued pit bull named Kiki, had acted aggressively, and reportedly growled, snarled and showed her teeth.
One neighbor said Kiki was in her yard barking at the officer, but didn't approach him until he knelt down. That's when Kiki approached the officer, but was only barking.
The officer says he was only trying to coax Kiki back into her own yard, and at first she was friendly. It was only after the dog became aggressive that he felt the need to shoot her.
Sgt Russ Boring defended the officer
"He had to make a decision right there. I don't think a Taser would have been effective with this aggressive behavior and this dog. I mean, he felt that he was going to be attacked."
Breonna Kerr, who rescued Kiki as a puppy, was out to dinner with her family when she received a call from a friend, telling her Kiki had broke free from her chain and was loose. Breonna told KVAL News
"I pulled in my driveway and there were 5 or 6 cop cars, and my dog was cornered in my driveway and she had blood, like a gunshot to her head."
Breonna spoke out as to what happened to Kiki
"She had gotten out and she was in the front yard and out in the street right passed the side walk in front of my house. The officer wasn't chasing her to get her back to her yard he was chasing her to gun her down and shoot her. She was shot on the street beside our side of the sidewalk in front of my house. Because he had no ability to catch her to "get her back to her yard"
Police and Breonna took Kiki to a vet, where she was treated and released.
Dr. Meg Schneck with the Emergency Veterinary Hospital described where the injury to Kiki's head is as
"somewhat of a miracle for this dog."
Since Kiki didn't have an active hemmorhage, and her family was unable to come up with major money needed to remove the bullet, Kiki was treated and released after being given pain medication and antibiotics.
The family issued a statement on the Facebook: Justice for Kiki, dog shot in head by Springfield Police page .
"Kiki was seen this morning by Cascade Animal Hospital where xrays were taken. The bullet is lodged in Kiki's shoulder, however she still has a head wound. Emergency Vet Hospital (EVH) did not know where the bullet was when their vet made the statements on the TV last night. EVH also did not donate all the services, but 50%. The owner has a written estimate from EVH for around $1700 for treatment (not including surgery). Because they could not afford this, EVH discharged Kiki and sent her home with antibiotics and pain medications. Since the EVH vet did not know exactly where the bullet was, she should not have made the statements she made. Attacking Kiki's family based on the misguided statements by the EVH vet is not at all appropriate."
A tax deductible donation can be made by clicking here and stating it's for Kiki's medical.
Donations can also be made directly to Cascade Animal Clinic (541) 741-1992.
Fortunately, the original diagnosis by Emergency Vet Hospital was incorrect. The bullet went through Kiki's head, and lodged in her shoulder. She will need it removed, as the risk of it migrating is a possibility. That's why donations are very much needed. Kiki's family can't afford the cost of the operation without help.
Boring said the incident is being reviewed with animal control and the police department’s command staff. The officer who shot Kiki was quickly cleared, and will not face any disciplinary action. Citations may be issued against the owners of the dog, including having a dog at large and violation of the city’s vicious dog ordinance.
A protest is taking place this afternoon from 4 p.m. Until 7 p.m. in front of the Springfield Police Department. A causes petition has also been started here where Orange for Animal Cruelty Awareness is demanding Justice for Kiki.
"We the undersigned demand action is taken on the Springfield Police Officer who shot an innocent Pitbull named Kiki. We hear reports that your Office condones the shooting. Kiki is fighting for her life with a bullet still lodged in her head. Her family have to find the funds to pay for her surgery caused by this Officers blatant cruelty. We urge that you investigate this matter fully, and the Officer involved receives punishment for his actions. We also hope that the Springfield Police Department pay for Kiki's Vet bill."
Contact information for the Springfield Police Department can be found here.
No one wants to see a police officer injured in a dog attack. But the public is fed up with police who shoot dogs, especially in busy residential neighborhood, who claim lethal methods are the only ones available.
Shouldn't an officer going on an aggressive dog call be better prepared to deal with an aggressive dog? Why wasn't animal control involved, unless it was past their "quitting time," seeing this incident occurred after 5 p.m.