NEW ORLEANS – An NOPD officer shot and killed a dog who charged at him after receiving a call of a vicious animal on the loose Sunday afternoon in Gentilly, according to the NOPD.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Clematis and Verbena Streets.
According to the NOPD, when the officer arrived on the scene, the animal, said to be a mix of a pit bull and collie, charged him, causing him to shoot.
The owner of the dog said it didn’t have to end the way it did.
“They saying she charged,” said Deborah Moseley. ”If she charged at 'em, how did she get shot in her butt. I don't think it's right. Something needs to be done."
The NOPD has been handling emergency calls in the last three months of the year because of budget issues surrounding the SPCA.
The SPCA says it is only responding to calls where an animal has already attacked someone.
“It’s an unfortunate outcome,” said Katherine LeBlanc of the SPCA. “When budgets get tight and purses are cinched, there are consequences and this is one of them.”
LeBlanc said her organization can sometimes handle tough situations in animals where the outcome isn’t as tragic.