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A dog owner’s sister is disputing BART police’s account of the shooting of a 4-year-old dog on Friday. A BART spokesman said at the time the dog was shot for “aggressively” lunging at an officer.
In an interview with KCBS, Brianna Beebee, whose brother owned the 4-year-old dog named Lily, said the pet did not display the aggressive behavior that official reports claim.
“She did not charge at the officer. She did not attack the officer,” Beebee told the radio station. “That dog is around my daughter. She’s harmless.”
It is unclear from the interview if Beebee was present at the incident.
The shooting took place Friday afternoon at the Civic Center station stairwell. At around 1:10 p.m., the dog apparently “aggressively lunged” at a BART police officer, who fired one round at the animal.
Market Street was closed because of the incident and the stairwell was cordoned off with police tape. Around two dozen officers arrived to the scene.
The wounded dog was transported to receive veterinary treatment but was ultimately euthanized, according to the family.
As of Friday, BART officials said the transit agency would conduct a use of force investigation, and BART investigators would review footage from the incident.
In an email statement from BART spokesperson Jim Allison, the dog was described as “unleashed.” As reported by The Chronicle, officers who reviewed the video told Allison the dog was running loose with its leash dragging behind it.
“It would depend on your definition of leashed and unleashed,” Allison told the Chronicle.
The family told KCBS they’re at a loss for their pet’s death, wondering why the officer didn’t use other tactics like using a Taser or pepper spray to subdue the dog before resorting to shooting it.
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