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A Saint Clair Shores, Michigan pet owner is devastated after returning home from her overnight work shift to find her dog dead at the hands of local police.
Brittany Preston described her dog, Lexie, as friendly, lovable, and playful.
Police, however, say the dog acted aggressively toward them and that firing shots was a necessity.
Preston left Lexie with her grandfather while she went to work. Preston’s grandfather, who lives with mild dementia, let the dog outside and forgot about her. Between the hours of 3:00am and 7:00am several neighbors called police to complain about excessive barking by Lexie, who was trying to get back inside the house.
When police arrived on the scene, they found Lexie, in the grandfather’s lawn, running loose. Because neighbors didn’t recognize the dog as belonging to Preston’s grandfather, they assumed she didn’t belong there.
WXYZ News reported that police surrounded Lexie while Preston’s grandfather tried to let her inside. Instead of going inside, however, they say Lexie charged them. That’s when shots were fired.
Neighbors reported that as Lexie cowered against the house, police continued firing – a total of 8 bullets struck the dog.
Now, Preston wants police to find a better way to control animals than by shooting and killing them. “You could sedate them and find out who their owners are, instead of killing them and worrying about it later,” said Preston.