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Memorial For Dog Killed By Police; City Leaders Want More Investigation

By OWEN LEI

DES MOINES, Wash. – More than a hundred people and dozens of dogs gathered at a Des Moines home today to remember a dog shot and killed by police.

And amidst the public outcry, city leaders are calling for an independent investigation.

“We’re really overwhelmed with the kindness that people have shown us,” said Charles Wright, who owned Rosie, a 2-year-old Newfoundland. “People have come from all over the Northwest to show their respects. It’s beyond words what it means to us.”

A procession of Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards wheeling carts of roses joined in the memorial for Rosie.

Letters, photos, and other items lined the fence of the backyard where the dog was killed.

“It is hard, but on the other hand it felt good just to be able to hug one again,” said Deirdre Wright.

Last Sunday, around noon, Rosie got out of her yard. After someone called Des Moines Police, officers found the dog wandering in traffic. According to police reports, when they tried to get close to her, she growled and showed her teeth. The report also indicated she charged and barked at officers.

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