Renata Simmons wrapped her arms around Vinny, a German shepherd therapy dog that was shot in the neck in June, and considered herself lucky. Among the dog owners gathered Friday outside the Austin Police Department to protest police shootings of their pets, Simmons was the only one whose dog survived.
“So many people are afraid to stand up,” said Simmons, who picked up the cause after a Leander police officer shot Vinny in June while attempting to serve a warrant at the wrong address. “Well, I’m not afraid to stand up. No one should have to fear law enforcement officers.”
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