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At around midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, Redford Township Police shot and killed 10-month old ‘Rock,’ a Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull mix, in his own backyard.
In pursuit of a suspect, police entered the backyard of Bianca Alakson and Ryan Showalter, despite the “Beware of Dog” sign clearly posted on the couple’s fence.
One officer said the dog charged him and, fearing for his life, he fired once at the dog. He says Rock continued toward him, so he fired a second, fatal shot.
When Ryan Showalter confronted police, frantically asking why they killed his dog, he was handcuffed and arrested for interfering with a police investigation.
“I was breaking down hysterically in the back seat of the cop car, crying,” he explained to Detroit’s WDIV News. Showalter says he only wanted to know what happened to his dog.
Friends and neighbors say Rock was a friendly dog, nice to everyone, including strangers.
“He was just my baby.” said Alakson.