Utah police officer allegedly kills man’s pet dog

(KTVX/CNN) — A grieving Utah dog owner confronted police on June 18 after his dog was allegedly shot dead by a police officer.

Sean Kendall of Salt Lake City recorded the exchange on his cell phone last week and recently posted it online.

When Kendall arrived home, that officer, identified as Officer Olsen, had left but three others were still there.

Kendall said “I’m asking why you guys went on my property and why he felt the need to kill my dog?”

One of the officers replied that Olsen reportedly entered Kendall’s yard looking for a lost child.

“He was threatened by the dog and he shot the dog. That’s as simple as it gets,” the officer said.

The child, meanwhile, was quickly found in his own home basement, and Kendall’s three-year-old Weimaraner named Geist lay dead in Kendall’s fenced-in backyard.

The officer who shot the dog remains on duty while police internal affairs and a civilian review board conduct investigations.

On Wednesday, the city council sent a letter to Chief Chris Burbank urging both investigations be thorough and deliberate.

“Any time that an officer fires a weapon, an investigation commences. But this one is particularly different because there was an invasion, as the owner of the dog feels, and as many Salt Lake City residents feel,” said councilwoman Erin Mendenhall.

Kendall’s video ended with more sorrow and anger.

“As I walk to my backdoor, I see my dead dog lying on the ground. This is the gate that the officer most likely walked through. As you can see, there’s a significant amount of distance between the gate and my dog.

“Why didn’t the officer just back up and leave? Why did he feel the need to escalate the situation to the point that he had to shoot my dog in the head?”

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