Keerthiga Vijayapalan | The Avro Post
WARNING: This article contains graphic images
A Mississauga family is seeking justice after Peel Regional Police shot and killed their dog during a raid early on Saturday morning.
The incident occurred following an armed robbery that took place on Friday, the three suspects are facing charges of robbery and use of imitation firearm among other offences.
The suspects cannot be identified due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Officers raided the premises, and have seized 89 assorted Apple iPhone’s, a replica AK-47 air soft rifle and the knife and clothes used during the robbery.
The Peel Regional Police have released in a statement that “during the execution of the search warrant, police encountered an aggressive dog that had to be put down for officer safety reasons”
The teenage owner has denied these allegations instead saying “I can’t even imagine how scared she was, you know my dog was scared of the sound of a vacuum.”
The family has shared how as the rest of the household waited outside, heavily armed officers proceeded inside and shot their dog, who they claim at the time was hiding behind their parent’s bed.
He has also gone onto post the events on social media, displaying images of the scene on Instagram.
The owner has asked the public to “please use the hashtag #JusticeForGucci across social media to help raise awareness” as he pledges “I will not let this go. Justice needs to be served.”
Images and videos of Gucci’s body following the incident have also been circulating social media.
People have responded on social media, sharing their outrage and disappointment as they condemn the officers involved.
Peel Regional Police would neither confirm nor deny how the incident carried out in response to an inquiry from The Avro Post.
Police said that officer safety is priority and that in this instance safety precautions had to be taken.
The Avro Post reached out to the family for comment, but has not received a response.
More details to follow. Edited by Eli Ridder. Image of the dog from The Toronto Star. Video from Usman Javed on Twitter.