An awful moment happened in Southern California when an owner witnessed the police shoot his dog down right in front of him.
A lot of people who saw this horrific moment instantly blamed the police, and some have even threatened the police involved and those police members' family!
Here's what the dog's owner said:
"Just calm down. Stop threatening them and their families. All police officers are not bad."
The Hawthorne Police Department have also released their own statement amidst the fatal shooting.
Here's what it said:
"This Department truly feels in the loss of the Rottweiler dog Max and for those impacted by such. We, as a department, as animal owners ourselves, and the officer directly involved himself, all relate and empathize in this. Unfortunately, in the midst of this social media response, fallacies are being perpetuated and outright criminal threats are being made. In the public forum of various websites, department employees have been mis-identified as the officer who shot. This has led to criminal threats of harm directed not only at city employees, but also at similarly-named public citizens who just happen to live and work in our surrounding region. These aren't just threats off ill-will. These are absolutely threats to life."
The police involved in the incident have been reassigned to new areas to patrol and their families have been placed under protection.
Hopefully these threats stop, and these men and women who protect the law can start doing their jobs again while feeling safe!
Watch the video (above) to find out more information about this tragic story!