Police shoot dog in St. Clair Shores after complaints about excessive barking

SAINT CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (WXYZ) - "Friendly, loveable, playful," said Brittany Preston as she described her dog Lexie. "She was just my puppy."

Preston says she left her dog with her Grandpa at his home in Saint Clair Shores, went to work overnight, came home, and the dog was dead.

She says Grandpa has mild dementia and forgot he let the dog out.  The dog started barking.   Between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 a.m. several neighbors sick of the noise called police.

Preston says police surrounded the dog as her grandpa tried to let the dog in the door.

Lexie barked at police instead of going in the house. The police report says the dog charged police and they shot her.

Preston says witnesses told her that as the dog cowered against the house – they kept shooting.

"Eight shots in my dog is just horrendous," said Preston.

Witnesses tell 7 Action news Brittany's grandpa said the dog wasn't his and police assumed that meant the dog didn't belong there. 

The Saint Clair Shores Police Chief didn't want to go on camera, but said police worked for hours to catch the dog with a dog stick.  He says they only shot when they felt the dog posed a danger to them – and kids out on their way to school.  He says neighbors reported the dog running at people in the neighborhood earlier in the morning.

Preston just wants police to find a non-lethal way to handle dogs.

"You could sedate them and find out  who their owners are, instead of killing them and worrying about it later," said Preston.

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