Cop Shoots 20-lb Puppy While Writing Owner a Parking Ticket
December 7th, 2012
byÂ JG Vibes
This week a family in the Chicago area is outraged after a police officer shot their 20lb puppy, during a situation where the officer was writing the owner a parking ticket out front of their own house.
According to a local fox affiliate:
A North Side family is furious over what they claim was an unjustified police shooting of their 7-month-old miniature bull terrier, Colonel Phillips, known to the neighborhood as â€śThe Colonel.â€ť Residents are also upset, not just because police shot a puppy they all knew, but also because the shooting occurred not far from a preschool, on a street where pedestrians including children could have been hurt.Â He was shot by a Chicago Police officer in front of his ownerâ€™s gated, North Side home. Police were writing a parking ticket for a van belonging to Al Phillips, so Phillips came out to move the vehicle.
â€śMy little bull terrier followed me out,â€ť Phillips explains. â€śThen, all I hear is boom! Boom! Two shots. You shot the dog!â€ť
Morgan Phillips, Alâ€™s daughter, rushed the dog to an emergency vet.
â€śHe needed five hours surgery. They took shrapnel out of his stomach. He had shell casing in his leg. It lacerated his muscle. We were going to show him, but we canâ€™t now,â€ť Morgan says.
The article also said that:
While FOX 32â€˛s Larry Yellen was interviewing the dogâ€™s owners, two police officers drove by the home. 90 minutes later, they came back, asked why Phillips why he had contacted the media and gave him a ticket for not keeping Colonel on a leash.
â€śThey were giving us a ticket, three days after the fact,â€ť says Phillips. â€śSo I think theyâ€™re probably trying to cover their rear ends.â€ť
A police spokesman says the shooting is being investigated by the independent police review authority, which investigates all police shootings. The Phillips family says theyâ€™re considering a petition drive to have the officer who shot their dog taken off the streets.Â They also say that after shooting the dog, the officer put his gun back in his holster, and calmly finished writing the ticket for their van.
After the initial report,Â FOX 32 posted a followup storyÂ saying that the puppy is alive and has been released from the clinic, but still in very serious condition, the article also stated that the family plans on suing.
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