"Pinky was a beloved member of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay family and made many appearances on behalf of the park's conservation and education efforts. She will be sorely missed."
The suspect was also fatally shot during the encounter. The death of the police dog, named Credo, appeared to leave his handler inconsolable.
The girl's mother “left the door open because it was hot and she thought the dogs were tied up,” Sgt. Dan Macias said.
In the wake of a tragic alligator attack on a 2-year-old boy, there are questions about whether the Florida theme park could have done more to warn guests about potential risks.
Harambe the gorilla was fatally shot after a young boy fell into a Cincinnati Zoo exhibit in late May.
The mother's 911 call has been released. "My son fell in with the gorillas," she says. "There's a male gorilla standing over him. ... He's dragging my son. I can't watch this."
"If anyone wishes to make a gift," the family said, "we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name."
The boy crawled through a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on Saturday and fell into a moat at the facility's outdoor gorilla center, zoo director Thane Maynard said.
But judge Michael Cicconetti didn't dole out one of his "creative sentences" following what a humane officer called the worst case of animal cruelty she'd ever investigated.
Joshua James is accused of tossing a live gator into the restaurant after the drive-through attendant had turned around.