After being struck by a car on Wednesday night, a dog died at the scene after lying in pain for nearly 90 minutes at the scene.
What’s more, Denver Police refused to allow bystanders to help the dog, threatening arrest to anyone that tried.
Ross Knapp, an area resident and witness to the event told ABC’s 7NEWS, “It was in shock, its pupils were totally dilated. It couldn’t really move.” Knapp desperately attempted to give the dog water and to comfort him, but was threatened by police.
“I had one of the officers tell me I had to leave and couldn’t be near it. I tried a couple of times to go back and he just finally said I’m impeding on an investigation and if I came back I’d be arrested,” he explained.
In a 7NEWS video (images intentionally blurred), the dog, who was wearing a collar and leash, but no identification tags, can be seen laying in the middle of the street for almost an hour and a half, gasping for air and unable to move, very clearly in excruciating pain and dying, while police refused to allow anyone to help.
Meanwhile, Denver Police say they acted according to policy.
“It’s always about the personal safety of that individual. It’s not trying to be cruel to the animal or cruel to the individual. It’s best if we get the Animal Control people in there, let them do what they do as experts and let them take the actions,” said a police spokesman.
According to records, police called Animal Control to the scene about 15 minutes after arriving. It took Animal Control over an hour to arrive. The dog died shortly before Animal Control’s arrival, after suffering for nearly 90 minutes.
A Denver resident, devastated by the dog’s suffering, created an online petition at Change.org to force Denver Police to apologize. The petition can be found here: ch7ne.ws/1gec4Dt.