It's been estimated that half of the times cops fire their guns, it's being directed at a dog.
Now a woman in New York City says an officer shot dead her pit bull for no reason outside her apartment.
With officers having to act quickly without time to think, these incidents are happening more and more. According to a documentary called Puppycide, a dog is shot every 98 minutes by law enforcement.
Cindy Boling was heartbroken when she relived the day a cop showed up and shot her dog, Lilly, in her back yard in 2015.
“We found our Lily dying in the backyard,” she told INSIDE EDITION. “You hold her and you scream and you ask 'God why?'”
She is not alone. Many people say their beloved dogs were shot by trigger happy police. And to make the shooting even more difficult to take, many unfolded after the officers arrived at the wrong addresses.
Many dogs, including Lilly, were gunned down when an officer showed up at the wrong house.
Vinny, a German Shepherd, was shot when an officer from the Leander Police Department in Texas thought a fugitive was hiding out in a house. Unfortunately it wasn’t only the wrong house - it was the wrong town.
The officer, Woodson Blase, was cleared by his department of any wrongdoing in 2013.
An Erie, Colorado police officer named Jamie Chester was accused of shooting a dog at the wrong house in 2011. He claims he was forced to fire when a German Shepherd named Ava acted aggressively.
But her, owner, Brittney Moore, begs to differ.
INSIDE EDITION’s Jim Moret asked her: “You saw the whole thing, was there any justification for that officer to shoot and kill your dog?”
“No,” she said. “Absolutely not.”
The shooting was caught on tape by a neighbor, who told the 911 dispatcher: “They fired on the dog for some reason and now she's going nuts.”
Her neighbor said the cop strolled over to ask why he was recording.
“We've lived across the street for a long time and I’m shocked a gun was pulled on this poor dog,” the neighbor told IE.
Another shocking case unfolded in 2012 when an animal control officer found herself unable to catch a dog named Chloe. She called for backup and that's when police officer Robert Price of the Commerce City, Colorado police department responded.
Officer Price had no idea he was being recorded on a cell phone camera by a 12-year-old boy from inside a house.
Chloe appeared to be sitting in the garage when the police advanced and looped her with a catch pole. Suddenly, Officer Price tased the dog twice and then fired five times.
After the video surfaced, Officer Price was charged with animal cruelty. A jury found him not guilty.
The problem is getting so serious that many departments like New Haven, Connecticut are asking dog behavior expert Brian Kilcommons to teach officers how to deal with aggressive animals without lethal force.
He recommends that cops bring treats.
“We are trying to help people, especially police officers, so their day doesn’t have to be ruined, the dog doesn’t have to die and owners don’t have to be heartbroken,” he said.