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Protest against police shooting of dogs

Posted at 10:15 AM, Dec 13, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-08 10:15:54-05

A coalition of animal rights groups protested in downtown Buffalo in Niagara Square on Saturday.

The group is angry with, what they call, a growing trend among law enforcement  to shoot dogs at crime scenes.

Protesters say the problem is most prevalent with the Buffalo Police Department and one of its officers, who is alleged to have shot 30 dogs within the past three years.

Buffalo Police maintain all the shootings were justified to protect the safety of the officers involved.

Individuals who have lost a family pet to a police-related shooting are expected to attend the protest. Also present will be some of the animals that survived being shot.

The nationwide "Freeze Don't Shoot" movement is hosting the rally with participation from the New York Animal Rights Alliance America, Compassionate Citizens of WNY, and several other groups.