SALT LAKE CITY (CBS Las Vegas) – A Utah man says police killed his dog while it was in his own backyard, reports KSL-TV.
Salt Lake City authorities acknowledge an officer shot the dog while cops searched for a 3-year-old boy who had been reported missing. The Salt Lake Police Department said the officer felt the 110 pound Weimaraner was aggressive and was going to attack him.
The owner, Sean Kendall, tells KSL his 2-year-old dog, Geist, was never a danger to anyone. “He was a member of my family,” Kendall said. ” He was just goofy and funny and he loved to play. He was a big cuddler, a big cuddler, and now he’s gone.”
A neighbor told the station she heard two shots and then saw a police officer leave Kendall’s backyard.
Sgt. Greg Wilking told the Salt Lake Tribune the officer did not break the law when he entered Kendall’s property.
“There are extenuating circumstances,” he said. “A child is missing, and if you’re a parent, you would want us to look everywhere for your child. We wouldn’t want to leave any stone unturned.”
The missing toddler was later found safe, sleeping in the basement of his home.
Kendall said to KSL-TV that the police need better training when it comes to dealing with people’s pets. “(T)he idea that he attacked an officer, it just doesn’t make sense,” he added. “I believe my dog came out of the dog kennel to see what was going on, who was here, stopped right here, and those were his last moments.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Kendall is demanding the officer who killed Geist be removed from the force. “Just the sheer sight of seeing my dog there, it was traumatizing,” Kendall said. “Now he’s dead. I have him wrapped up in a blanket in the back of my truck, and now I have to go bury him.”
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