Residents in Salt Lake City, Utah are up in arms after a local police officer shot and killed a man’s beloved pet dog last month while responding to a missing child report.
Authorities found the displaced toddler unharmed and sleeping inside its home around 30 minutes after they entered the yard of Sean Kendall on June 18 and killed his 110-pound Weimaraner, “Geist.”
The incident has since managed to garner the attention of animal lovers in and out of Salt Lake City after Kendall published on the web a cell phone video he recorded as he accosted the police outside his home moments after learning what had happened.
“About 15 minutes ago, I got a phone call from Utah Animal Control, calling to tell me that an officer had shot and killed my dog,” Kendall says in the beginning of the clip. “He was inside my backyard in a fenced-off area. What was the cause for the officer to shoot and kill my dog?”
The footage next shows Kendall arriving at his resident in the city’s Sugar House neighborhood and furiously questioning the cops.
“What was the probable cause to trespass on private property and shoot my dog?” an outraged Kendall asks on camera.
“We entered the yard looking for a lost child,” Sgt. Joseph Cyr responds, according to Fox13Now. An officer on the scene “was threatened by the dog and shot the dog,” Cyr added. “That’s as simple as it gets.”
“So I get to bury my dog because an officer couldn’t back up and close the fucking gate,” the irate owner replies.
So far, police have only said that the dog approached the officer in an “aggressive manner,” prompting the cop to open fire.
The video has since managed to go viral, and viewers who have become outraged by the Salt Lake City Police Department’s behavior have certainly spoken up. The chief of the SLCPD has since been prompted to comment publically on the matter, a large protest was held outside of police headquarters over the weekend and even the city council has asked for an investigation.