About a week ago in Kalihi, Hawaii, HPD officers responded to a domestic call in the area where the Butac family live. Just as officers walked past their house, the Butac’s dog, Bruce, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix, broke free from his cage and rushed toward officers.
Two officers were able to side-step and avoid the dog, but a third officer fired, shooting Bruce in the chest.
The family pleaded with officers to allow them to take Bruce to a vet, but they were denied. Instead, the family were forced to sit and watch their dog lay, bleeding, outside their home for more than an hour.
HPD told KHON 2 News that it is standard policy after a weapon is fired that a thorough investigation be completed, that the scene must be preserved.
Reporters asked, if this had been a person that was shot, would they, too, be denied medical care until an investigation was complete?
That’s when HPD admitted that refusing Bruce medical care was a mistake.
Today, Bruce is doing very well and recovering from his injuries. Hi is expected to make a full recovery.
Meanwhile, the Butac’s plan to file a lawsuit against HPD and hope that the policy that led to their dog unnecessarily suffering for over an hour will be modified.