“AT last…news on Star, who thankfully & miraculously is alive (despite some saying she was killed) & recovering well. I don’t think for one moment this dog was of a vicious nature, she was only protecting her owner, who was having some type of seizure. Witnesses who knew both the dog & owner stated that Star was often off a leash, now you couldn’t walk through the streets with a vicious dog off a leash could you? They also said that Lech & star were inseparable; since he rescued her, so I’m wondering why Lech Stankiewicz has not come forward to collect ownership, I wonder if the police have been in contact with him since he was hospitalized at the scene? I worry this devoted dog could end up somewhere she shouldn’t if someone doesn’t offer her a home!”

Almost two weeks ago the NYPD shot a dog in broad daylight in the East Village.

Here she is: Star the dog is improving, and recovering every day. (Courtesy of Animal Care & Control)

The dog, named Star, was found barking near her owner, who was passed out and was believed to be having a seizure on the sidewalk. One witness told us, “The dog was protecting the owner, that’s what it does.” When the NYPD arrived on the scene, Star continued barking and running around, and presumably believing she was dangerous, an officer shot herthere is graphic video of the shooting —and then pepper-sprayed her.

Via Eddie Huang.

Star miraculously survived the point-blank shot, and has been at Animal Care & Control since, but her status has been unknown—until now. This morning Richard Gentles told us that Star “is improving, [but] she’s still resting and not up for visitors at this time.”

Gentles tells us Star was officially released to Animal Care & Control yesterday at 8 p.m. “Her owner had until that day and time to reclaim her but since he didn’t ownership was legally transferred to AC&C.” Until last night, the AC&C couldn’t provide information because of this, but now that she has been released to them, they are free to place her and disclose her status. (Star’s owner is believed to be Lech Stankiewicz, who has not been reported to have been seen since the day of the shooting.)

Since her arrival on August 13th, Gentles says they’ve “ensured that she has received proper veterinary care and attention.” Additionally, her medical bills, which have already amounted to nearly $10,000, will be paid for through donations to AC&C’s Special Treatment and Recovery (S.T.A.R.) Fund.

Once she is through recovering, they will “ultimately transfer ownership of Star and her continued care to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals” (specifically AC&C’s New Hope partner, where homes are found for unwanted animals).

We will update once Star leaves the hospital and that happens. It’s expected she’ll be put up for adoption—but Gentles says no one has expressed interest in being her human (yet)!

News Link:http://gothamist.com/2012/08/25/photos_star_the_dog_shot_by_a_cop_i.php

Read this account of what happened:http://observer.com/2012/08/dog-shot-14th-street-08132012/

“We see this dog outside of KFC every day. It’s usually a nice dog. [The dog and its owner] don’t bother anyone. Everyone in this restaurant [Baohaus] knows this. If it was a cop from the neighborhood, they would know that guy. He’s there every day”

Related:-https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/disturbing-video-police-shoot-and-kill-a-dog-in-east-village-new-york/