Friday, December 28, 2012

Family dog shot dead by police in hunt for escaped criminal despite it being in fenced-in yard

The manhunt for a convicted bank robber who fled a Chicago jail has claimed the life of a family's beloved pet.

Chanette Weaver has said her dog was shot dead by officers searching for Kenneth Conley who escaped from prison last Tuesday using knotted bed sheets.

Ms Weaver has alleged the officers shot dead her six-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix Kobi after she put him in a fenced-in yard at about 6.50am on Christmas Eve.

She said a Hazel Crest police officer knocked on her door five minutes later to tell her the dog had died.

Neighbours have said police later asked questions about Conley as they believed he was hiding at a house next to the Weavers.

Ms Weaver told CBS Chicago the police said they had been acting in self-defence when they shot the dog.

'He said "Ma’am, your dog was getting ready to attack one of my officers." And they shot him three times,' Ms Weaver said.

Hazel Crest police has said officers felt they were at risk after the dog tried to attack them on a public path.

Original report here

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