After the conclusion of an internal review, it has been determined that the Marinette, Wisconsin, police officer who shot a family’s dog on August 17, used reasonable force. According to Saturday’s NBC 26 News, the authorities are backing the police officer’s decision to shoot the chocolate Labrador retriever who allegedly reacted in an aggressive manner.
Tiffany and Steve Goodlet’s dog, named “Remington,” was shot on a day when the family’s nine-year-old child and a friend dialed 911 multiple times and hung up the phone. An officer who responded to the hang-ups encountered Remington when he slipped out through a door at his home.
Neighbor Todd Smotucha recounted what he saw, “As he was approaching the driveway, I noticed the dog which was walking out through here and as he was entering the driveway he got a little ways in and then he pulled out his pistol and shot the dog for no reason.”
But the internal review by the department has cleared the officer of wrong-doing. The authorities have stated that the dog lunged at the officer and that the officer used “objectively reasonable force under the circumstances.”
A fundraiser to help the family cover Remington’s veterinary bills has raised nearly $5600.
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