Livonia family demands answers after utility worker shoots, kills dog

Posted: 4:40 PM, Jul 28, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-28 21:31:59Z

A dog is shot and killed by a utility worker in Livonia and now the family wants answers.

The family says their dog was in the yard on Angling when that utility worker shot her with his own gun.

"No sooner I got out to the front, I heard a pop and the next thing I know my dogs laying down on the ground dead and I noticed a guy coming from my neighbors yard into our yard," says Douglass Eiben.

Eiben and his brother Michael are in shock after their dog 4-and-half-year old Katie died in their arms.

"At first I heard my dog barking and stuff and then I didn't hear anything," says  Michael Eiben.

Douglass says they asked the man for his credentials. the utility worker said he was trying to cut through the yard to read their meter.

"’Why are you cutting through the yard here,’ I said, ‘You just killed my dog’ and he says ‘Well, she lunged at me,’ I said ‘No, the dog doesn't lunge at anyone’," Douglass says.

The family says they have an invisible fence and Katie would not be able to cross it.

But the big question is: Was the utility worker allowed to carry a weapon while on the job?

"I’m not at liberty to discuss that right now,” said Jim Moskal of Metro Engineering Solutions.

Moskal is in charge of the investigation. He says he didn’t know his own company’s policy and didn’t know who the utility worker was contracted to work for out here. He later released a statement saying the worker was performing survey work for AT&T.

"I want matters resolved. I want this person to be terminated from his employment,” says Fiben.

"We take this seriously,” says Moskal. “We've never had this issue in our company, it is something that we discuss, iot’s important that we get to the bottom of it."

The company had us email them our questions. Those have still not been answered.

They also released the following statement:

We expect our employees to comply with all applicable laws. We are aware of the situation, reviewing the circumstances and surrounding facts, and conducting our own investigation.  Once that investigation is complete, the Company will determine whether any additional action regarding its employee is necessary. We've instructed our employee to fully comply with local police in all respects, if requested. The Company is also prepared to fully cooperate with the police, if requested. At this stage, the Company has not been advised by the police as to whether they believe that any laws have been violated. If and when such a determination is made, the Company will be prepared to take that fact into consideration.

The utility worker is on leave. The company will not say if he is still receiving pay.