Livonia family seeking justice after dog is shot, killed by contractor for AT&T

Group expected to address city council
Posted at 6:44 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 19:26:18-04

Anger remains in Livonia following the shooting of a family dog by a utility workers.

On Wednesday night a small, but vocal, group of advocates are expected to speak at the Livonia city council meeting. The family wants answers after the city’s prosecutor chose not to pursue charges against the shooter for discharging a firearm in the city — which is illegal.

“It’s a common sense issue,” said Laura Hilobuk, the dog owner’s daughter.

Hilobuk told 7 Action News that her father is hurting, noting that Katie — his dog that was killed — was like another child.

“He’s trying not to let his emotions show too much,” said Hilobuk. “I know he’s hurting really bad deep down inside.”

Whether the city council will be able to do much remains to be seen. Michael Eiben, the owner of the dog, told 7 Action News that he’s hoping they’ll also consider changes to who is allowed on/off property of homeowners without notification.

In late July a situation developed quickly. A utility worker was walking in a yard on Angling Street when he shot the dog with his gun. He’s a CPL holder, but according to the company he works for, employees are not allowed to be armed while working.

A statement released by Metro Engineering Solutions back in July indicated that the dog lunged at the worker multiple times. The statement goes on to say that the dog bared it’s teeth before the worker shot the dog. The family denies the possibility of the statement, indicating that the family has an invisible fence. They also don’t believe the dog would threaten anyone.

“The cable guy plays fetch with her,” said Hilobuk. “The postman plays fetch with her, I mean — neighborhood kids have brought sympathy cards because they all loved playing with the dogs.”

“It’s inexcusable what this guy has done,” said Eiben.

The family told 7 Action News that they want justice for the 4-and-a-half year old dog.

“The employee in this situation is currently suspended, and will remain so until we complete our internal investigation,” a written statement from parent company Corby Energy Services Jim Moskal.

“Regardless of what that investigation reveals, the employee will not be returning to perform further work in residential neighborhoods. We are listening to the concern in the community and we will continue to work closely with the family while we address this serious and tragic situation.”

The Livonia city council meets Wednesday night at 7 p.m.