A New York veteran is mourning the loss of his rescue dog after it was fatally shot during a police narcotics raid that apparently targeted the wrong apartment.
The Buffalo News reports that Cindy, a 2-year-old pit bull, was shot multiple times while chained in the kitchen of Adam Arroyo’s Buffalo apartment late Monday.
According to a search warrant left for Arroyo, an Iraq War veteran who was not home at the time of the raid, police targeted the upper apartment at the Breckenridge Street address, but two upstairs apartments exist – and Arroyo insists police searched the wrong residence.
The search warrant also states that the apartment is occupied by a “black male,” the Buffalo News reports. Arroyo is Hispanic.
“They busted the door down, with a battering ram or whatever,” he told the newspaper. “They came in, and within a few seconds of entering the apartment, they murdered my dog. They shot her multiple times. They had no reason to do that.”
Police officials said they will investigate Arroyo’s claims.
“We’ll conduct an internal investigation into any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the Police Department,” Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said.
Richards confirmed a search warrant was executed at the Breckenridge Street address by narcotics officers and that a dog was shot there.
“They went to the correct location for which the warrant was issued,” Richards told the newspaper.
Detectives at the scene, however, insisted that the dog was not chained or leashed in any manner before it was shot.
Arroyo said the dog, whose remains were cremated, had a great temperament and was friendly with children in the neighborhood.
“I fought for this country,” he said. “I put my life on the line for this country. I got shot at so this could be a free country. And this is how I’m treated afterward?”