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Tuesday, June 24 2014, 04:59 AM MDT
Slain dog leaves owner asking for policy change
(KUTV) A Salt Lake City man whose dog was shot and killed by police wants justice. 

Sean Kendall met with police for the first time on Monday afternoon since his dog was shot by an officer last Wednesday in his back yard.

Police were looking for a lost child and when no one answered Kendall's door, the officer went into his back yard looking for the child.

Kendall's two-year-old dog named Geist approached the officer and investigators say he felt threatened, so he shot the dog.

"It's a tragic situation that we didn't want to have happen," said Det. Greg Wilking with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Kendall says there is no excuse for police shooting and killing his dog.

"The only thing I would be satisfied with is that this officer is terminated. I feel that his judgment was completely inappropriate," said Kendall after he came out of the meeting which lasted for about an hour and a half.

Kendall took his attorney with him into the meeting, though Kendall says he hasn't decided whether he will be filing a lawsuit.

"I want justice for my dog that was wrongfully killed in his own back yard," Kendall said. "I want to educate law enforcement so that this situation doesn't happen again. And I want legislation passed that will recognize pets as a member of the family and not property."

Police say it's a no-win situation for both sides, and are conducting an internal investigation into what happened.

"I can't comment on what the officer should or shouldn't have done I wasn't in that situation." Wilking said. "The officer did what he did in the moment to avoid being bitten, possibly."

Police plan to meet with Kendall again at his house next to learn more about what happened.

A public rally in support of Kendall is scheduled to take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Police Station.

By: Dan Rascon,

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(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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