A Michigan police officer shot and killed a 10-month-old puppy this week as he pursued a suspect through several yards in a Redford Township neighborhood.
According to the dog’s owner, Bianca Alakson, police ignored the “beware of dog” sign on her backyard fence early Sunday morning as they entered onto the property. After reaching her backyard, one officer claims to have been “charged” by the puppy.
“I didn’t know what had happened at first, I just heard ‘pop, pop’,” said Alakson’s boyfriend, Ryan Showalter.
Police claim the officer “feared for his safety” and had no choice but to shoot the puppy twice after it would not stop “advancing.”
“Everyone here loves animals, it’s the last thing we want to do but we have to protect ourselves,” a police spokesperson said.
- Showalter refuted the officer’s claim that his puppy was dangerous, saying the dog had no history of violence whatsoever.
“He wasn’t the protector of the house type dog either, he was just the great everybody and love them to death type dog,” Showalter said.
Although police say the shooting was strictly based on officer safety, Showalter says the officer had a different explanation on scene.
“I asked him why and he said, ‘because he was in our way’,” Showalter explained.
Incredibly, officers then arrested Showalter, accusing him of interfering with police on his own property.
“They tried to tell me that I was resisting arrest,” Showalter said. “I was breaking down hysterically in the back seat of the cop car, crying, I didn’t know what to do.”
Showalter was later bailed out of jail by Alakson and is still awaiting charges from police.
Although instances of police helping dogs do appear, such as the recent case of a California officer rescuing a Chihuahua from a busy highway, they are greatly outnumbered by situations where officers use deadly force.