An unsuspecting family on Chicago's south side woke up to the horrifying sounds of their dog being shot dead by police in its own yard, WGN TV reports.
As it happened, Chicago police had been chasing a culprit through the Taylor family's yard and felt threatened by the dog. They then opened fire on the family pet, killing him in mere seconds. The dog's name was Castro and it was nine years old.
Terry Taylor, Castro's owner, says that police claimed they were chasing someone when they opened the gate, which had a "Beware of Dog" sign on it, and encountered Castro. It was then that police shot and killed the dog that Taylor had owned since it was a puppy.
Taylor, who is heartbroken by the violent death of his dog who he described as "a member of the family", is petitioning the city to pay for the dog's cremation, as well as the removal of its corpse.
The incident is still being investigated, and more details are expected to emerge in the near future.