A woman in Michigan is suing the city of St. Clair Shores after two officers shot and killed her dog.
Released dash cam video shows the entire shocking incident that happened late last year. Police received a call that a neighborhood dog was causing a disturbance, and upon arriving at the home where the dog lived, the officers immediately admitted they planned to shoot it.
“The only thing I’m going to do is shoot it,” one officer said in the video. “I do not like dogs.”
"Neighbors complained of a dog that was barking. [Police] showed up. The first thing that they said out of their mouths was they don't like dogs; they don't do dogs; they're going to shoot the dog anyway. And that's exactly what they did,” attorney Chris Olson stated. “Then they shot the dog again, instead of trying to take care of the dog, getting some care of the dog to prevent it from dying, they did what they intended to do. They made sure that the dog died. They shot it again, and then the dog walked into the animal control van and then when we picked up the dog it had extra bullet holes.”
The dog, whose name was Lexie, was under the care of the owner’s grandfather while she was at work. Brittany Preston, the owner of the dog, has now filed a lawsuit against the city for the dog's death.
“We filed a complaint in federal court alleging that the police violated our Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable seizure of the dog, in this case killing it, and we're asking for money damages and, ultimately, also what we've already asked for, was for police to train their officers so that there's not another incident where they respond to a barking dog complaint by killing it,” Olson said.
The officers claim that Lexie was trying to attack them, but it’s clear when listening to the dash cam video that Lexie was doing nothing other than barking. Preston’s grandfather suffers from dementia, and when officers try to get information about the dog from him, he is clearly confused and disoriented. Not long after arriving at the home, the two officers shot and killed Lexie.
Reports say that Lexie had 15 entry and exit wounds, which means the officers shot the dog multiple times.