Video (below) of police in Roseville, Michigan, using a stun gun on a dog on March 12 has gone viral and stirred outrage.
Lauren Melcher Davis, who is not the dog's owner, posted the video on her Facebook page on the same day, and added her description of the incident:
Roseville police tasering a non aggressive loose dog directly in front of me and the owner's friend and continued to shock him even after the dog was on a control stick! SICK AND UNACCEPTABLE!!
I understand tasering the dog initially to stop it from either getting into it with my dog or running onto Gratiot, but to shock the dog multiple times AFTER getting it on the stick is NOT OKAY!
I FULLY SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND AM NOT OUT FOR THE OFFICERS INVOLVED TO BE FIRED. I want TRAINING. That's all. Proper training on the tools they're given to use. PLEASE stop twisting this as me being anti police because I am NOT.
The dog, Chewy, escaped from his yard, so his owners called the police because they were concerned he might harm others or get hurt, reports WXYZ.
According to police, officers chased the dog for an hour and a half, and tried put a control noose around his neck. When that tactic failed, the cops used a stun gun on the dog.
Some witnesses and people who have seen the video on social media sites believe police used the stun gun more than once, but Roseville Police Chief James Berlin insisted: "The dog was tased one time. The other clicking you hear after the initial tasing is called an arch switch."
According to Berlin, an officer accidentally hit the arch switch, which did not shock the dog again.
A city official, who analyzed the stun gun's data log, confirmed that Chewy had only been shocked once with a five-second charge.
Some residents who attended a city council meeting on March 14 wanted to know why the dog was shocked even once.
Sharon Senter asked the council: "I'm going to start off by asking, because I'm not familiar, is this an animal-loving community?"
Steve Bodzar told the council: "I don't think that it's very appropriate for a dog to be shocked."
Christine Canary stated: "I am concerned for not only the safety of my animals, if they were to get out, but the safety of the officers."
Chewy's owners were not upset, but instead thanked the police for keeping their dog from being hit by a car.
The council plans to review the incident.