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Horrifying footage posted to social media shows the moments after police shot dead two dogs on the side of an Idaho highway after they escaped their owner’s yard.
The video was shared by Stephanie Carsner on Facebook and features the incident which took place on Interstate 84 in Heyburn on Monday.
The shocking video shows the moment one of the dogs slumps over on the side of the road after being shot by a cop.
The dogs named Luna and Boomer had stopped traffic completely in an area of the freeway where drivers could come speeding in at 80 miles per hour.
Officers attempted to corral the dogs with whistles and shouts to no avail.
The owner of the ‘fur babies’ has since put out a statement thanking those who attempted to rescue the dogs before they were shot and killed.
Horrifying footage posted to social media shows the moments after police shot dead two dogs on the side of an Idaho highway after they escaped their owner’s yard
The shocking video shows the moment one of the dogs slumps over on the side of the road after being shot by a cop
Boomer in a photo shared by owner Ashley Price on Facebook
Luna – a weimaraner – in a photo shared by her owner on social media
In an explanation, police explained that the dogs were creating a dangerous situation for motorists who were at that point stuck in a standstill.
Officers had initially been called to the scene for a traffic jam and said it was upon arrival that they discovered the two large dogs on the loose.
Other drivers had already reportedly put their own safety in danger to try and grab the dogs but were unsuccessful.
Police’s attempts to reign in the dogs were also unsuccessful.
‘Recognizing traffic was heavy for Memorial Day, and in fear for the motoring public with great potential of rear end collisions at 80 mph, the officers made the decision to shoot the dogs at 6:03 p.m.,’ the release continued, stating neither dog had tags.
‘Each dog was shot once and removed from the roadway,’ the news release stated.
Carsner claimed she was there to corral the dogs and described the dogs as ‘non aggressive’ in Facebook posts after the shooting.
She said she had nearly captured the dogs when officers approached her to ask if the dogs were hers.
‘(He) told me I should be at home, then told me he was going to shoot them,’ Carsner wrote in a Facebook post.
‘I screamed no he isn’t because I’m there as a rescue & myself & DOZENS of others almost had the dogs in hand,’ Carsner continued.
Two officers with the Heyburn Police Department who had attempted to reign in the dogs
In an explanation, police explained that the dogs were creating a dangerous situation for motorists who were at that point stuck in a standstill
In a post on Facebook, the dog’s owner Ashley Price shed light on the situation.
Price said her family was out of town and Luna and Boomer were being taken care of by relatives when the incident occurred.
She thanked those who attempted to corral the dogs previous to their shooting.
‘We are also VERY relieved no further accident happened as a result of them being in the road,’ Price wrote.
Price said her ‘fur babies’ were loved and well taken care of but that the dogs somehow escaped around 5.30pm and were on the highway shortly after.
The family’s home is fenced in she says so they are still attempting to figure out how they got out and managed to make it so far.
‘These are the only facts we have at this time and have been in communication with the Police chief and will go in tomorrow to view their videos from dash and body cameras,’ Price wrote on Tuesday.
She asked for respect and kindness as they mourn the deaths of their ‘fur babies.’
Carsner and others are now planning to take their concerns to an upcoming city council meeting after they said Mayor Dick Gilbraith has ignored their calls.
In their news release, police referenced Carsner’s post and video, saying it highlighted the dangerous issue of stopping on a freeway.
Officials also said the matter remains under investigation and that they understand that the video and subject matter is not easy to deal with.
‘These circumstances are not easy for first responders or the public,’ they said.
The woman who shared the video, however, said she questions the information put out by police and is calling for the officers to be fired, saying she wants ‘justice for these fur babies.’