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It was a horrifying scene in New York’s East Village last Monday, as a homeless man, drunk and suffering from a possible seizure, was laying in the street while his pit bull Star loyally tried to protect him.
The man, Lech Stankiewicz, known by the name “Polak” adopted Star last year for protection on the streets. Star was doing just that when well-meaning NYPD cops tried to approach the homeless man. Star tried to prevent police from approaching his owner. She bolted toward one of the officers, who quickly reacted by shooting her point-blank in the head, and then pepper spraying her.
The event was captured on film but we found the video too disturbing to publish.
Star miraculously survived the point-blank shot, and has been at Animal Care & Control since. Since her arrival on August 13, she has received veterinary care and treatment for her injuries totaling nearly $10,000. Her bills are being paid through donations to Animal Care & Control’s Special Treatment and Recovery (S.T.A.R.) Fund. After she is finished recovering, she’s be transfered to foster care until a suitable home is found for her.
Her owner, Stankiewicz, was given a deadline to claim ownership of Star, but he has not been reported to be seen since the shooting and did not claim his dog.