McGaffigan, aware of the leash laws in effect at Franklin Park, chose to unleash is dog so she could romp and play with Ruby, another dog visiting the park. While the dogs were frolicking, an unidentified, off-duty police officer walking her pug, pulled a gun on the shepherd as she ran to approach the dog-cop duo.
The off-duty officer, listed as the victim on the police report, states that Lia, the German shepherd, approached them "in an aggressive manner." Her concern for her dog's safety may have gone a bit too far, even if she kept the gun pointed towards the ground, as MGaffigan recalls.
According to McGaffigan, "It was over before it began. The dogs were back to us and leashed within ten seconds." Not wanting to ruffle and feathers, McGaffigan waited until the officer and her canine companion dispersed before dialing 911. "I wasn't going to make a 911 call with a lady with a gun in front of me."
Boston police spokesperson, Cheryl Fiandaca reports that the incident is under investigation to see if the officer violated any policies or procedures during the altercation.
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