San Diego’s Ian Anderson (24) is demanding police accountability after an officer fatally shot his service dog in the head.
As reported by the HuffPost, two police officers were responding to a domestic violence call when they arrived at Anderson’s door early Sunday morning.
Turns out, they went to the wrong house, and were greeted by the Pacific Beach resident and his six year old pit bull, Burberry.
In a surveillance video obtained by Huffington Post, “one of the officers can be seen petting the dog. Burberry then runs over to the other officer, who backs away, drawing his weapon. Burberry keeps following the officer, and seconds later -- off-screen -- the cop fatally shoots Burberry in the head.”
Officer Shoots Service Dog
“It was the most inhumane event I’ve ever been a part of,” Anderson told the HuffPost. “As soon as he was shot, I jumped over to the dog and the officer grabbed and restrained me.”
A registered service dog, Burberry helped Anderson -- who lost his dad in high school -- cope with anxiety and depression.
In response to the incident, San Diego Police Department’s Lt. Scott Wahl told U-T San Diego “We understand the depth of emotion involved in this situation. The preservation of life is our top priority and this includes the lives of animals. As this is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting, a thorough investigation is under way to ensure proper procedures were followed.”
As Anderson seeks “Justice For Burberry”, he is asking people to sign a petition to provide SDPD and all law enforcement across America with the same or similar training to The Colorado Dog Protection Act, which educates police about the appropriate use of force on dogs.
As of the Thursday night, over 18,000 people have signed the Change petition directed at San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
You can sign it HERE.