February 21, 2023
An FBI special agent reportedly shot and killed a dog near an apartment building in Center City on Monday night.
The shooting occurred after the agent's dog and two dogs owned by another person got into a scuffle near The Touraine apartment complex, witnesses told 6ABC.
The agent, who was off duty, reportedly fired the gun to fend off an aggressive dog.
"The FBI is reviewing a shooting incident this evening on 1500 block of Spruce St, Philadelphia, involving an FBI special agent," the agency tweeted. "Initial information is that the agent shot & wounded an aggressive dog. There were no other injuries. The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents/task force members seriously. We're working jointly with Philadelphia Police & FBI Inspection Division to investigate the incident."
A police official shot and wounded a dog here in front of the #Touraine on 1520 Spruce Street. #RittenhouseSquare police have transported the owner and the pet to a local emergency facility. pic.twitter.com/vYJg2WkZoo— ThatNewsJawn (@ThatNewsJawn) February 21, 2023
Revolution Philadelphia, an animal rights advocacy group, responded to the FBI's tweet by asking, "Isn't unauthorized use of deadly force against DOJ policy?"
Rev Philly held a protest in front of the FBI's Arch Street building on Tuesday morning.
A group of protesters outside the FBI Philadelphia Field Office right now. The FBI says a special agent shot and wounded a dog on Spruce St. between 16th and 17th Streets last night. pic.twitter.com/GgGsSv4Ihq— Tim Jimenez (@TimJRadio) February 21, 2023
"This incident put several civilians in danger, and this dog, known as Mia, lost her life," the advocacy group said. "This woman is a trained professional and a dog owner. Her first reaction should not be to shoot first. This is unacceptable, and we are demanding that she be held accountable for her actions."