A six-year-old boy playing with a phone inadvertently called 911 in San Francisco Sunday night.
Police responded and killed the family dog, shooting it six times.
San Francisco Police say the pit bull bit the officer, causing him to fear for his life.
But the family says they were calling the dog off and are now considering filing a lawsuit.
According to the local ABC affiliate:
Two officers responded to the house after getting a 911 call. It turned out there was no emergency. A child who was playing with the phone inadvertently called emergency dispatch, but the officers didn’t know that at the time and entered the property where they encountered a pit bull. “Six shots, for a dog? I mean, what can you say?” Jeffrey Stancil said.
Stancil was horrified when he saw an officer fatally shoot the family dog.
Zoey was 11 years old and was in the yard when two officers came through the side corridor and onto the property. “She growled and I’m like ‘no, no, no.’ He starts shooting, boom, boom, boom and when he got done shooting, he shot like six times, he ended up right here,” one man said.
No one disputes that Zoey bit the officer’s hand before he shot her, but the family says they could have taken Zoey away. “I understand that they were doing their job. That’s understandable, but the fact that they didn’t give us a chance to put her in safety, you know, and we did say ‘stop, we’ll get her,’ they didn’t give us the chance,” Madonna Stancil said.
Police say the officer was bitten several times in the hand and had to be checked out at a local hospital.