City denies family’s claim for vet bills after police shoot dog

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A Kalihi family whose dog was shot by a Honolulu police officer has been denied a claim asking the city to pay the dog’s vet bills.

Three officers were at the Butac family home responding to a call when their dog, Bruce, lunged at an officer, who then fired a shot at the dog’s chest.

The family was not allowed to take Bruce to the vet for an hour because officers said they had to finish the investigation. The family filed a claim with the city to pay the vet bills of $1600. But the city denied it saying HPD did nothing improper.

“Why did they make us wait for so long in order to get immediate medical attention I mean that in itself to me is improper if anything to me it’s inhumane.,” said dog owner Kristen Butac.

“It seemed a little drastic firing a gun?” KHON2 asked.

“Yeah it did seem a little drastic to me,” Butac said.

The family says the officer could have used a baton or a Taser to keep the dog from attacking.

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