On Saturday night, Jennifer LeMay and her family were camping in Wisconsin while a friend watched the two family dogs at LeMay’s home. Two daughters, ages 18 and 13, decided to come home early because the oldest was supposed to work an early shift at her job on Sunday morning. When they arrived home, one of them accidentally triggered their home security alarm. The security company was contacted and the alarm was deactivated.
Twenty-one minutes after the alarm was activated, two police officers arrived at the home. Neither knocked on the door – one took the front yard to search for intruders, the other scaled a seven-foot privacy fence to gain access to the backyard. He was caught on silent video drawing his gun just seconds after he landed in the backyard. Ciroc, a white and brown dog, trots toward the officer and stops about 10 feet away, wagging his tail. The officer fires, the dog stumbles and runs away. At the same time, another dog, Rocko, runs into camera range. The officer shoots several times and the dog runs off camera.
The Staffordshire Terriers have been with LeMay’s family since they were puppies. They are support dogs for her two youngest sons, who have anxiety issues. The dogs were not immediately taken to the emergency vet because the police told them animal control would be by to assess their injuries. After it was established that animal control was a no-show, they took the two dogs to the vet themselves. Both dogs are still alive but have sustained injuries that are very costly. Ciroc was shot in the jaw, Rocko in the side, face, and shoulder. Ciroc still needs $5,000 to $7,000 for surgeries. Rocko came home Sunday night.
The police issued a statement,
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. 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.
Only time will tell if the officer will face any sort of charges. What we can tell at this point is that the officer shot a dog who was wagging its tail and then shot a second dog three times because it reacted to the first dog getting shot. It appears that he is lacking some sort of training and that his gun is far too close to his sweaty, itchy fingers. He should be, at the very least, reprimanded in some way and permanently labeled a fucking coward.
In meantime, the family has started a GoFundMe fundraiser for the dogs’ medical costs.