Memorial tribute planned for Harley, dog that died near 21st and Federal in Denver

DENVER - A group on Facebook is planning a memorial and tribute for Harley, the dog that died near Federal Blvd. and 21st Avenue last Wednesday.

"Please join us in paying tribute to Harley's life that so tragically came to an end on Wednesday, April 9th after being struck by a vehicle and left to lay in the street dying in agony for over 90 minutes," the flyer says.

Many in the community are outraged that Denver Police officers refused to let a Good Samaritan render aid and take Harley to a veterinarian. Harley died from his injuries while they awaited an animal control officer.

Denver Police have said injured dogs are unpredictable and helping them puts both the animal and the Good Samaritan at risk.  Police posted a YouTube video in which a veterinarian and animal control officer explain why it's best to wait for professionals to handle an injured animal.

The tribute to Harley is planned for Wednesday, April 16 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Federal and 21st, behind Sports Authority Field, according to the flyer.

Harley's owner, Dani Juras, said the 14-year-old black Lab mix escaped out a door that her kids accidentally left open Wednesday night. 

Harley was hit two blocks from home. Police arrived at 8:30 p.m., after a car careened into a fence in front of a nearby house.  The driver was taken to the hospital.  Animal Control was called at 8:45 p.m. and an on-call animal control officer arrived around 10 p.m..

Juras contacted Denver Animal Control and confirmed Saturday morning that the dog seen in the 7NEWS video was indeed her missing lab.  She told 7NEWS she wants the officers who prevented a neighbor from helping the dog, held accountable.

"I would like to see the officers that were involved, whether it’s a reprimand, whether it’s a fine, I would like to see them be held accountable," Juras said.

Juras said she is grateful for Ross Knapp, the neighbor who tried to intervene and bring her dog water and comfort before police threatened to arrest him. 

Denver Police Department video response: http://youtu.be/qrbltKdMv_c

An online petition demanding an apology from DPD has more than 5,000 signatures.  Juras said she signed the petition before she even knew it was her dog.

Online petition: http://ch7ne.ws/1gec4Dt

Facebook page dedicated to Harley: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Denver-Police-Committed-Aggravated-Cruelty-To-Animals-By-Not-Saving-Harley/1411179439148630

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