Just one week ago, in Heyburn, Indiana, officers from the Heyburn Police Department had been dispatched to Interstate 84 for two loose dogs running along the freeway causing dangerous traffic conditions. Traffic had come to a standstill as the two large dogs would not respond to the officer’s whistles, calls and shouts.
According to the police, vehicles had been traveling at high speeds along the highway, and citizens had been unsuccessful capturing the dogs. Officers also stated the dogs were not in range to use a taser.
Animal rescuers had already arrived and stated they were in position to rescue the dogs safely off the highway. Stephanie Carsner said the Idaho State Police had already given her permission to round up the dogs off the Interstate.
Instead, officers made the decision to shoot and kill the dogs because of the “great potential of a rear end collision.” Stephanie and other rescuers were ordered to leave.
On Thursday, the Heyburn Police Department issued a press release:
A neighborhing law enforcement agency will be conducting an independent investigation in to the May 27 shooting. Their investigation will determine whether there were any violations of law and if there were any violations of the Heyburn Police Department policy and procedures.
Our relationship with our community is our top priority. We are committed to resolving his issue quickly and providing the results and conclusions to our community with full transparency.Facebook
The officer who shot the dogs has been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.
The owner of the dogs, Ashley Price, expressed her gratitude for the rescuers who tried to save them. She and her family had been out of town and the dogs were being cared for by relatives. The dogs were in a fenced yard, and using their surveillance cameras just prior to the dogs escaping, both Boomer (Pyrenees) and Luna (Weimaraner) were safe in their kennels. It is not known how the dogs escaped, but within a half-hour, they were shot and killed.
Anyone with further information or videos of the incident are asked to contact Ashley.
(Photos via Ashley Price Facebook and video from Stephanie Carsner)