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Police Officer Shoots Two Service Dogs (Video)

| by Michael Doherty
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A family in Minneapolis with two service dogs is angry after a police officer shot them while investigating a burglary report (video below).

Jennifer LeMay's two Staffordshire terriers, Ciroc and Rocko, did not seem to be acting aggressively when they approached the officer July 9, as seen in graphic CCTV footage, below. One of the dogs even appeared to be wagging its tail, Daily Mail reports.

The officer can be seen in the clip shooting both animals -- the dogs can be seen writhing on the ground in pain before the officer leaves the yard, hopping the fence. Both dogs survived the incident, but their veterinary bills ended up costing thousands.

The two pets are emotional support providers that help LeMay's two sons, who suffer from severe anxiety.

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The officer reportedly visited the residence after LeMay's two daughters, 13 and 18, returned home from a camping trip and accidentally triggered the alarm system.

When police learned that the alarm had gone off by accident, they reportedly told the family that "animal control" would arrive at their house to take the dogs to an emergency vet, but help never arrived.

"The police officer claimed he felt threatened but we got cameras and you can see the whole thing," LeMay's son, Nae Locs, posted on Facebook. "The dogs didn't even charge at the officer the first one was walking up to him with his tail wagging. I'm so mad right now."

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"My dog wasn't even moving, lunging toward him or anything," LeMay explained, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "My dogs were doing their job on my property. We have a right to be safe in our yard."

Circa required $900 of veterinary care and has returned home, but still needs $5,000 to $7,000 worth of surgery. Rocko has also returned home.

The police report filed by officer Michael Mays said that two "large size pit bulls" had "charged" at the officer during the encounter.

Police spokesman Corey Schmidt stated the police were aware of the situation with Ciroc and Rocko.

"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," Schmidt said. "Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video."

Warning: This video contains graphic content.

Sources: Daily Mail, Minneapolis Star Tribune (2) / Photo Credit: LuAnn Snawder Photography/Flickr, Minneapolis Star Tribune, GoFundMe

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