POLICE are still investigating an incident that led to a dog being shot and killed in its owner’s yard.
The bull mastiff named “Bruiser” was shot and killed after police said it ran at two Ballarat officers in a “threatening manner”.
Any incident involving a firearm is considered serious enough for an internal investigation by Victoria Police. It comes as anger in the community continues to brew over the incident, at a Wendouree West property last week. A Facebook group “Justice for Bruiser shot by Police” has been set up and attracted more than 1200 likes in the past week.
It has been used as a place for people concerned about the incident to publish comments critical of police.
“Gotta wonder how a dog that is supposedly running up to attack you is shot in the back of the head,” posted Heather Ruth Holland.
“My brother has had several Bullmastiff’s (sic), and I found that they are really big softies, and I am sorry for your loss of Bruiser in such a horrific way,” wrote Samantha Davin.
A petition set up on website change.org also has more than 7000 “pledges” from people demanding an investigation by police. The Courier has also received emails of support for the campaign purporting to be from people based in France.