There are just some things that a person shouldn’t have to come home to. Discovering that your two-year-old dog has been shot in the head by police officers is one of them.
In a story out of Salt Lake City, Sean Kendall came home on Wednesday to learn that his 2-year-old Weimaraner, Geist, had been shot in the head by police officers who were searching for a missing child. The officers were reportedly combing the nearby structures and yards for the child, when one officer entered a backyard to see if the child had wandered there. Once in the backyard, the officer was confronted with Kendall’s dog. According to the SLCPD watch log, the dog was aggressive, and the officer responded by shooting the dog:
During the search for the missing child, a dog unfortunately was shot by a responding officer. The department regrets the unfortunate outcome of this incident. As with any firing of a service weapon, the department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a review to determine whether the shooting conformed to policy. While the investigation has yet to be completed, the following is an account of what is known at this time:
Officers were searching nearby structures and yards for the missing child from Fillmore Street. Informed that the child was largely non-verbal and likely would not respond to calls by name, officers began to search the neighborhood. Officers knocked on the door of this address and received no answer. Given the urgency to find the child, an officer entered the back yard to see if he had possibly wandered back there. After entering the backyard, the officer encountered a dog that approached him in an aggressive manner. The officer, in turn, shot the dog. An investigation as to whether the officer’s actions conformed to policy is underway by the Internal Affairs Unit.
When Mr. Kendall came home and found his dead dog, he confronted the police about the incident. Kendall recorded the incident, and can be heard questioning the cops, “I’m asking why you guys went on my property and why he felt the need to kill my dog.”
Sergeant Spear, of the SLCPD, responded by saying that “he entered the yard looking for a lost child. He was threatened by the dog and shot the dog. That’s as simple as it gets.”
Naturally, this upset Mr. Kendall even more; you can watch the interaction in the video below, which he also has also posted on his Facebook page.