A homeless man’s dog has been shot dead by police sparking huge riots in Barcelona.
Disturbing footage shows the wounded animal still wagging its tail while her owner is detained by officers.
The shocking incident has spark mass protests from animal rights groups in the city with more than 200 joining in a protest on Wednesday.
Police have claimed that the dog attacked an officers but eyewitnesses said it just barked.
The incident is reported to have started when two officers approached the homeless man and told him he needed to have the animal, Sota, tied up.
The dog lay dying in the street
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According to the officer’s version of events, the man took a confrontational attitude and refused to tie up the animal.
They say the dog bit one of the officer and the owner was not able to control it, so the other officer shot it in the head.
Eyewitnesses deny that the dog had attacked the policeman.
One, named Carlos, told Spanish newspaper El Pais the officers were “speaking rudely to the young man".
Carlos said: "The dog got nervous and started to bark at one of the policemen, without biting him.
“That was when one of the officers took out an extendable baton and threatened the dog’s owner, and the other officer took out his gun and shot the dog in the head.”
He was shot by a policeman
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Distraught at the fate of his dog, the owner grabbed his skateboard and hit the officer around the head, causing him to lose a tooth.
He was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.
The police said the officer regretted having shot the dog but added he acted in self-defence.
He has been put on sick leave because of an injury to his forearm and broken teeth.
PACMA, an animal activist political party, and other animal rights organisations have asked for the officer to answer for his behaviour.
His owner hit the policeman with a skateboard and was arrested
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LauraDuarte, spokeswoman of PACMA, said that they are analysing the case in order to see if they want to file a complaint against the cop.
They have asked the authorities to investigate and see if they can justify the behaviour of the officer who opened fire in a public place.
Ada Colau, the Mayor of Barcelona, has sent a press statement saying they will investigate the case due to the outrage caused by the death of the animal.
The investigation is ongoing.
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