Salt Lake Police Under Fire Over Dog Shooting
Several Salt Lake citizens are irate after a police officer entered a fenced yard in search of a missing child then shot a 110-pound Weimaraner named “Geist” when he felt the dog presented a threat to him. The child was later found asleep at home.
“In this particular circumstance, evidence shows that the dog was extremely close, in fact, within feet of the officer. “After 23 years in law enforcement, I haven’t seen this type of public outcry when certain human beings have lost their lives,” Burbank said.
“So I get to bury my dog because an officer couldn't back up and close the f------ gate,” said the dog's owner, Sean Kendall, who also released a video of the encounter.
“I believe this officer made a terrible judgment call,” Kendall told the station. “In my profession, if I make a terrible judgment I’m fired. “
Several dog owners and dog lovers came out to protest the shooting.
The protest included many dog owners, who brought their pets. The protesters held signs that read: “Shoo not Shoot,” “Man’s best friend should not be gunned down,” and “My pets are my family.”