Last Friday, a utility worker contracted to do surveying for AT&T fatally shot a dog who was inside of her yard in Livonia, Michigan. According to Monday’s Fox 2 Detroit News, the man who fired the gun will not face any charges.
According to the shooter, a man who works for Metro Engineering Solutions, the dog lunged at him from a yard next door to where he was attempting to read a meter. The dog, named “Katie,” was in her own yard which was surrounded by an invisible fence.
According to the prosecutor, the worker had no way of knowing that the dog was contained by an invisible fence, so he was within his rights to shoot her. AT&T has released a statement about the tragic situation which ended the dog’s life:
“1. We expect our employees to comply with all applicable laws.
2. We are aware of the situation, reviewing the circumstances and surrounding facts, and conducting our own investigation. Once that investigation is complete, the Company will determine whether any additional action regarding its employee is necessary.
3. We’ve instructed our employee to fully comply with local police in all respects, if requested.
4. The Company is also prepared to fully cooperate with the police, if requested.
5. At this stage, the Company has not been advised by the police as to whether they believe that any laws have been violated.
6. If and when such a determination is made, the Company will be prepared to take that fact into consideration.”
Share your thoughts in the comments – was the employee within their rights to shoot Katie? Should utility workers be allowed to carry a gun?
Find the original story about the shooting here.
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