Just this past Monday, August 2, Ryan and Rachel Reitaliata saw their Husky dog Bear-Bear, venture out with a family member on a routine, fun trip to the dog park for some friendly frolic and exercise. But Ryan and Rachel didn’t expect the evening would end being in an animal hospital and hearing there is nothing they could do to save their dying dog.
An off-duty police officer and his wife went to the Quail Run Community Dog Park in Severn, Maryland at about 6:30 p.m. with their leashed German shepherd. At some point, Bear-Bear came over to the German shepherd to play. When play got a little rough, the police officer told Bear-Bear’s guardian, Stephen Kurinij, to remove his dog. Before Stephen could react, the officer pulled out a gun, stepped back, and fired into Bear-Bear.