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Hawthorne dog shooting: City Council meeting canceled

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Leon Rosby and his dog Max are seen in Hawthorne on Sunday, June 30, 2013, before police shot and killed the dog.

Leon Rosby and his dog Max are seen in Hawthorne on Sunday, June 30, 2013, before police shot and killed the dog. (KABC Photo)

The fatal shooting of a dog was expected to draw a large crowd to Monday's Hawthorne City Council meeting, but the meeting was canceled.

The shooting of the dog by a police officer has sparked protests and unwanted international attention. A video of the shooting has gained nearly four million views on YouTube.

On Sunday, people gathered outside the Hawthorne Police Department outraged over the death of Max, a 2-year-old rottweiler.

Max was shot and killed by a police officer as his owner, Leon Rosby, was taken into custody for allegedly obstructing a robbery investigation. The dog jumped out of a car and approached the officers. That's when one of the officers opened fire.

The shooting was expected to be a hot topic at the Hawthorne City Council meeting Tuesday.

However, the city's website crashed, preventing the agenda from being posted ahead of time. The city then canceled the meeting.

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