A man whose dog was recently shot and killed by Salt Lake City police has posted a video of an exchange he had with officers minutes after the shooting.
Sean Kendall’s 3-year-old Weimaraner, named Geist, was shot in the head last week after officers entered the homeowner’s yard while searching for a missing child.
The video, posted to Kendall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, begins 15 minutes after the shooting, right after Kendall received a call from animal control informing him of the incident.
“Which officer shot my dog? Please,” Kendall asked several officers standing in his front yard when he arrived at the scene.
“We were looking for a lost child,” one officer responded. A neighborhood parent had reported their 3-year-old child missing earlier in the day. The child was later found asleep in the basement of the family’s home.
“And that gives you probable cause to enter a private residence without permission from the owner?” said a livid Kendall, who asked for the names and badge numbers of the officers.
“He was threatened by the dog, and he shot the dog. That’s as simple as it gets,” one officer said.
The officer who shot Geist was not at the scene at the time, though the officers gave Kendall his name.
“So backing up slowly and leaving the residence was not an option?” Kendall asked, his voice growing more agitated.
“I understand it wasn’t you personally,” he said, “but you guys killed my dog.”
“I’ve had this dog for three years. He was my best friend, and he was shot because an officer couldn’t back the fuck up out of my house!”
“Is that against policy? Is that against training?” Kendall asked.
Kendall referenced a spate of cases, often dubbed “puppycides,” in which police officers shoot dogs, often with little provocation.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Kendall met with city police officials and wants the officer who shot Geist to be fired.
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