The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer entered a back yard without permission and fatally shot a dog that was inside.
The Salt Lake City Police Department has released a statement, saying, “During the search for a missing child, a dog unfortunately was shot by a responding officer… Officers were searching nearby structures and yards for the missing child from Fillmore Street. Informed that the child was largely non-verbal and likely would not respond to calls by name, officers began to search the neighborhood.
“Officers knocked on the door of this address and received no answer. Given the urgency to find the child, an officer entered the back yard to see if he had possibly wandered back there. After entering the backyard, the officer encountered a dog that approached him in an aggressive manner. The officer, in turn, shot the dog.”
When homeowner Sean Kendall returned home to find his 2-year-old dog, Geist, just lying dead in his yard he was furious.
Kendall approached the police officers who were still in the area and began filming.
“I’m asking why you guys went on my property and why he felt the need to kill my dog,” Kendall pleaded with the cops.
“He entered the yard looking for a lost child. He was threatened by the dog and shot the dog. That’s as simple as it gets,” an officer replied.
“So I get to bury my dog because an officer couldn’t back up and close the f***ing gate,” Kendall shot back. “Something’s gotta change, and I know it wasn’t you. I’m sorry but I’m f***ing pissed.”
Local residents will reportedly hold a “Justice for Geist Rally” at the Salt Lake Police Department on June 28.