Video shows DPD officer shooting dog in its own yard after it grabbed K-9

Posted at 10:34 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 10:35:02-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit police are responding to a video that shows an officer shooting a dog in the dog's own yard.

Officers say it happened Aug. 3 on the city's east side.

The video shows the dog in a yard latching onto a police K-9's snout and not letting go. The officer then drew her weapon and shot the dog.

"it's unfortunate that it came to this. We do not like to see any animal hurt, especially these K-9 officers. They are truly dog lovers and champions for K-9s. But at this point, her dog was being severely injured and had no choice," Commander Darin Szilagy said.

DPD did internally investigate and cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

That K-9 officer continues to be evaluated and treated for injuries. DPD will conduct further testing to see if the K-9 is suitable to continue serving.