Michael Zgudzinskyj, a Rockford, Illinois man, said police officers went too far when they shot and killed his dog.
Neighbors said that his dog, Collie, a Shar Pei and Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, would run around loose in the neighborhood and go into other people’s yards.
One neighbor called Winnebago County Animal Services because she was afraid that the dog, which she thought was a pit bull, could be a danger to the children in the neighborhood.
When Animal Services arrived, they shot him with a tranquilizer dart. That wore off and Collie became agitated, and then Rockford police officers took control of the situation. Zgudzinskyj said they shot Collie five or six times in the head, and he added that “he was laying there still wagging his tail, trying to say goodbye.”
Zgudzinskyj stated that then officers came up to him and put handcuffs on him and said he was going to jail. He was issued a ticket for obstructing a police officer.
Zgudzinskyj said he simply wants justice for his dog and that Collie had never hurt anyone and didn’t deserve to have been killed.
Rockford Police said the situation was handled appropriately according to the filed documentation.