Two dogs, reported to be service animals, were shot on Saturday night by a police officer who responded to a burglary alarm in North Minneapolis reported CBS Minnesota News.
The dogs belong to Jennifer LeMay, and they were both inside of their own fenced yard when the police officer arrived to investigate the alarm, which was tripped accidentally by LeMay’s own teenage daughter. Video surveillance captures the moment when the officer fires at both dogs – LeMay has stated that the video proves that the dogs were not behaving aggressively.
On Sunday afternoon the police department released a statement about the incident:
July 9, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) “We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner. Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation that is completed by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video. We have reached out to the owner of the dogs and will continue to do so during the investigation. At this time there is no further information we can release.”
Amazingly both dogs survived – one dog suffered a broken jaw after being shot in the face. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help LeMay cover the veterinary expenses for her injured dogs – click here to learn more.
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