Skyler, a rottweiler intersection of Bonteheuwel, died of his injuries Wednesday morning at the animal clinic in Grassy Park after he was allegedly shot by police in the gang during a raid with rubber bullets on Sunday.
Ashley Adams electrician from Bonteheuwel says his family received the bad news Wednesday morning that their dog did not survive.
Police appeared just after church on Sunday morning at Adams’ home moments after gangs in the area began shooting at each other.
Skyler was tied up when the raid was carried out and, according to Western Cape police, the dog allegedly attacked police officers as they entered the premises. He was apparently attached to a very long rope.
“The complainant is advised to come forward and make a statement to the police,” police spokeswoman Siyabulela Malo said earlier.
According to Adams, police treated residents harshly and rudely and there was no good reason why the police fired at his dog.
“The events traumatized my entire family. The kids are upset and now that Skyler isn’t coming back, it’s much worse. “
Adams says it is sad that this is the image children have on the Cape Flats of police. “It’s no wonder our kids don’t trust the police because they don’t hesitate to bully people and even shoot a dog.”
Adams says he now has a veterinary bill of almost R1 000.
“Yesterday we still thought Skyler was going to make it, but now he’s forever taken away from us. The question now is who is going to pay this bill, because it is not our fault that our dog was shot. ”
Adams says he tried to report the incident to the Bishop Lavis police station, but was reportedly told he could not file a case and rather to get a legal representative to file a civil claim.
“We are not skollies and whatever the police say, they did not have the right to shoot my dog. Someone will have to take responsibility. “
Bonteheuwel ward councilor Angus McKenzie says it is unacceptable for police to bully residents. “The family is now advised to file the case directly with the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (OPOD).”
McKenzie said it was unacceptable that police advised the family to seek private legal advice and refused to help.