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Cop looking for missing 3 year old walks into backyard and murders family dog.

Dog shot and killed during search for toddler:

SALT LAKE CITY — A neighbor's dog was shot and killed during a police search for a 3-year-old Wednesday.

Around 4:30 p.m., Salt Lake City Police Department reported that a 3- year-old boy named Kelby was missing from his home near 2500 South and Fillmore Street. He was found safe in his home just before 5 p.m.

As police searched for the toddler, an officer entered Sean Kendall's yard, felt Kendall's dog, Geist, was aggressive, and shot the dog, police said. Police can lawfully enter private yards during an emergency.

Kendall said Geist, a 110 pound Weinheimer, was his hiking buddy, sleeping partner and best friend.

"He was a member of my family," Kendall said. " He was just goofy and funny and he loved to play. He was a big cuddler, a big cuddler, and now he's gone."

Marsha Stemer lives a few doors down from Kendall. She said she heard two gunshots and saw the officer leave Kendall's yard.

"That's really freaky that that could happen," she said.

Kendall said Geist had never been aggressive or lunged at anybody, so "the idea that he attacked an officer — it just doesn't make sense," he said. "I believe my dog came out of the dog kennel to see what was going on, who was here, stopped right here, and those were his last moments."

Kendall said Geist had a single gunshot wound to the head.

"Just the sheer sight of seeing my dog there — it was traumatizing," Kendall said. "Now he's dead. I have him wrapped up in a blanket in the back of my truck, and now I have to go bury him."

The Salt Lake Police Department confirmed an officer went into Kendall's backyard while searching for that toddler. Police said the officer who was searching in Kendall's yard felt the dog was aggressive and going to attack him, and that's why he shot the animal. They are investigating the incident before they issue any further statement.



Well we have reached a new low. A cop in a nonthreatening situation illegally trespasses on a family's private property then shoots their dog when it barks at them. There is absolutely no justification for this but of course after an "internal investigation' the cop will be back on the force to continue to terrorize the population.

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Another reason to put locks on your gates

yes it's inconvenient, but it stops or at least slows those who seek to steal, maim, or kill.

When all police are required...

When all police are required to wear a video camera this will not happen as often. Why do you think they are fighting so hard against it? Could it be that they will have to act like peace officers and not thugs, bullies and criminals?


I've said it before..

and I'll say it again, there is a special place in hell for those who shoot family pets with malice... and in the mean time, until they die a miserable death, they deserve bad luck of the unbearable kind.

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I feel the police are too aggressive...

Does this mean we can shoot them?

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
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Another reason to live in

Another reason to live in Indiana.

Recently Police in Indiana

Have been basically systematically raping women during the booking process. If people aren't gunning them down now they never will.


I live very close to where

I live very close to where that happened. God help the persons who do that to someone I love.

The judges in this area don't play. Except one, he left a released woman in jail last year.

This is part of why I left the US

A very similar case surfaced last year in home state of Illinois, right next to you:


And of course there's the Hope Steffey case that happened on the other side of you in Ohio. It happens everywhere.

I quickly realized how easily my life could end in the US. I would be dead, but at least one of the raping pigs would be coming with me.

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Disarm the police...

We need to disarm the police. Seriously. They are simply out of control.

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