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Minneapolis, MN – Sadly, there’s been another cop versus dog shooting. This time the horrific shooting took place in Minneapolis and didn’t involve just one family pet — but their two dogs.

As TFTP has noted, if citizens kill police dogs, it’s practically considered murder, and the suspects are charged with felonious assault on a police officer (dog). But since police wear a badge, they can kill our pets at will with hardly any ramifications.

Jennifer LeMay did her part to protect her home and property by installing security cameras, and we’re glad she did because the shooting of her two dogs was caught on camera.

The two Staffordshire Terriers, Cisco and Rocko are owned by LeMay and her four children, and have been in the family since they were puppies. They’re therapy dogs, prescribed by a physician to help LeMay’s two sons who struggle with severe anxiety.

The LeMay family were camping in Wisconsin when two of the children, both teenage girls, 13 and 18, wanted to come home early because the elder had to get back to work at a local fast food restaurant. They arrived home at around 8:50 pm Saturday, but when they did, they accidentally triggered their own security alarm.

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The security company was notified that it was a false alarm, and the alarm was canceled at 8:54. But police were already on their way to the LeMay residence. One of the two responding officers stayed in the front yard while another officer scaled the 7ft high fence in the back.

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That’s when he met Cisco and Rocko. From the video, the officer can be seen drawing his weapon as the dogs slowly approached while one is seen wagging his tail.

The officer didn’t kneel or offer an extended hand for Cisco to smell him, he simply pointed his gun at the dog and fired. Cisco wasn’t even charging at the officer when he was shot. Rocko came just as quickly, and he, too, was hit with the officer’s spray of bullets.

The officer then did what he probably should have done. As the two dogs were laying, bleeding, and badly injured, the officer jumped back over the fence. Why he did not first attempt to retreat is anyone’s guess. Now LeMay is demanding answers and footing the bill from an officer’s assault on her pets.

The 13-year-old saw her dogs get shot by a so-called officer of the peace, and was surely traumatized. The officer who was in the front of the home then did what he should have done in the beginning. He knocked on the front door.

The LeMay’s said the officers told them not to transport the dogs to the hospital because animal control would be coming over to get them but they never came.

Later that night, they were able to get the pets the much-needed surgery and medical care they should have gotten immediately following the shooting. According to the Star Tribune;

Both dogs went to the emergency vet Saturday night. Ciroc was shot in the jaw, Rocko in the side, face and shoulder. So far, LeMay has paid $900 for Ciroc and brought him home; he still needs $5,000 to $7,000 worth of surgery at the University of Minnesota, she said. Rocko came home Sunday night. A GoFundMe page was established to help LeMay pay her vet bills.

LeMay is now demanding answers. The police department sent over a supervisor to talk with the family, Lt. Derrick Barnes. And while they say he was as contrite as he could be, the pain is still very real and fresh for the family who now has to watch their dogs as they suffer through a long and painful recovery.

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The pain, anguish, and anger can be sensed in LeMay’s comments when she spoke with reporters.

He was wagging his tail…My dog wasn’t even moving, lunging toward him or anything…My dogs were doing their job on my property…We have a right to be safe in our yard.

As for the attempt of the police department to reach out and express their condolences, LeMay had these words to say to Det. Barnes:

(Barnes was) as genuine and compassionate as he could be, without overstepping his boundaries.

Police spokesman Corey Schmidt issued a one-paragraph statement:

We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner. Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video.

LeMay did not say whether or not she plans to sue, but there have been a few victories in court when police have killed family pets in the line of duty. Hopefully, she’ll file a lawsuit and teach those officers a lesson so they won’t continue to devastate people’s lives by killing their beloved pets.

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Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine
  • John C Carleton

    Time to get you dog a bullet resistant vest and a good revolver.

  • Abz B Zbas

    I get so pissed hearing about the PD “investigation” that it’s almost not worth scrolling to the bottom of the article anymore.

  • jcf456

    Unprofessional, unnecessary, and unacceptable.

  • Alan R. Thomas

    That cop would need an EMT or worse if that happened at my house.

    • Klutoch Day Stroyer

      Yeah, and then the police would kill you and be justified in doing so in a court of law. Do you realize how foolish you sound?

  • Jo-Ann Calmasini

    I’ve started to pray/meditate that all cops EXPERIENCE the same exact thing that they do to others! If they show respect, love and compassion, then they get that as well. If they are vicious, mean, cruel or hurt others, then they experience that IMMEDIATELY! I think every American should join me in this collective thought!?

  • Fran Mo

    About ten years ago Hartford , Connecticut police shot and killed a dog in front of its owner, a ten year old girl. The family just won a lawsuit against the department and officers last month in federal court. The dirt bags police union was upset with the ruling.

  • Madmotorman™ ® The Mad Hatter
  • lfrohling

    So what?! Police was protecting himself. Keep your f*cking dogs locked up or they’ll be eating bullets. Idiot dog owners

    • Victoria Schisler

      The dogs are in their own yard…they weren’t attacking the officer, they were simply investigating an unknown person in their perceived territory, which is EXACTLY what a dog would do and EXACTLY what a person would do. The dogs body language was not aggressive or hostile. The officer is just a sally.

    • 1974dormouse

      Are you retarded? You mean keep the dogs locked up, in their own backyard, with a locked gate? The cop trespassed on their property, which is not procedure when an alarm is going off, which it wasn’t at the time, so the cop shouldn’t have hopped a fence into someone’s property, then shoot dogs on that persons property, especially when the dogs had not attacked him. Fuck you boot licker

    • Johnny Rico

      You mean, like locking them up in their own backyard?
      Go eat shit and die. FUCK YOU ASSHOLE.

    • pjc

      FUCK YOUR STUPID HOPE THESE BIG LETTERS HELP YOU ACTUALLY READ SOMETHING

    • Jayce Walker

      Did you see the video? The dogs were locked up in the fenced in backyard. You’re a freaking asshat. You are the idiot. What a piece of work. Calling dog owners idiots. I bet dogs don’t even like you, and you know what that says…

  • johninokinawa

    What the FUCK is going on the U.S.A? This is INSANITY!

    • Bob Crouch

      Speaking of insanity: The USA is one of the few countries in the world that recognizes your favorite cult as a religion! You know, the cult with the cute alien story dreamed up by its druggie founder, and retold so well on South Park! Now THAT IS insane!

  • Erol Ata

    Who was the cop and what department?

  • K9sforlife

    Post Go fund me site link?

  • Connie

    I can easily understand the pain and anguish the Lemay’s are going through. When I was 5yrs old, I had a beautiful Chow named Teddy, He looked just like a teddy bear and was the sweetest dog ever, never objecting when I’d put him in my doll buggy and wheel him around the yard, One summer day my mom and I had to go to see a neighborhood friend and mom left Teddy tied up on the back porch, with a long enough rope to allow him to pee in the grass. When we came home an hour or two later, there was a crowd around our house and several cops. One cop came up to my mom and said ‘sorry ma’am about your dog. We had a report of a dog biting a child in the area and your dog fit the description but we later found out we got the wrong dog.’ I will never forget another cop pulling my wagon with my beloved Teddy laying in it,covered with a sheet!! I was hysterical! To make a long story short, the cop had seen Teddy on the porch and SHOT him and then borrowed a saw from the man next door and decapitated him!! The reason given was to test him for rabies!! My dad was at work or I’m sure he would have gone after the cop, who was now drunk. This was in the late ’40s and I’ve never forgotten that! Back then there was no such thing as suing,making charges against the big brave cop who shot and mutilated a 10 month old puppy. For several years after that, each time I’d see a cop near my home, I’d run in crying. I remember that a few days after the incident, the cop came over to apologize but my dad made him apologize to ME!! Dad told me to listen but after he said what he had to say, I kicked him in the leg!! LOL! I hope the girl in this story quickly ‘heals’ from her traumatic experience. As for officer happy-gun, I hope he’s punished with more than a slap on the wrist. Some people should never be cops because they’re just interested in being able to legally carry a gun and assert their authority. It’s cops like these who sadly give a bad name to the many wonderful police officers.

  • Douglas Anderson

    Someone very well may have gotten shot in my backyard