Patricia Ratz and Pat Guglielmo were walking their three pit bulls in Staten Island’s Schmul Park when two of the dogs got into a scuffle, biting Ratz as she tried to settle them. According to Ratz, Baby Girl–the third, non-fighting dog–started to run off just as a police officer opened fire, unloading 10 shots on the animals and mortally wounding Baby Girl.

Now, with the help of famed attorney Ron Kuby, Ratz is suing the city over the incident, with hopes to “fundamentally change the way the NYPD deals with pets,” according to Kuby.

“When a dog is fleeing the scene, it’s because the doggie is afraid, not because the dog is concerned about getting arrested,” the lawyer told said. “That’s the reason people flee, not doggies.”

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