The Sullivan family wants to simply bury and mourn the loss of their dog, Buddy.
The two-year-old black Labrador/Rottweiler mix was shot and killed by a police officer. Buddy escaped from his yard and made his way next door to Ledges Sporting Horses Stables.
Buddy spooked the horses, and because the workers at the stables were uncertain where Buddy came from, they called animal services. When animal control officers didn’t arrive, the local police reported to the scene.
Meanwhile, Buddy left the stables and wandered the neighborhood. The police officers tried to lasso Buddy, but the dog thought it was a game and was trying to be playful.
After unsuccessfully catching Buddy, one of the officers fired his gun three times, at least one of those shots hit Buddy. The officer then walked up to the dog and shot him point-blank.
An internal investigation is being conducted in regards to the incident.
But the Sullivan family wants Buddy’s body back to bury him, but the local animal services told them they can’t have the body yet. The police department said they need to keep the dog’s body to conduct some tests as part of their investigation.
The Sullivans have also started a petition saying that Buddy was not a vicious dog and that the police acted inappropriately in the situation.
During a town public safety meeting, Sullivan tried to address the incident and complain about the officer, but the president of the village said that Sullivan was partly responsible for the incident because Buddy was off the leash.
Sullivan said he was responsible for making sure his dog was leashed and secured on his property, but still reiterated that the police officer should not have shot his dog.
Meanwhile, the Sullivans have buried Buddy’s favorite toys and some photographs of their beloved dog in his memory.
Source: Rockford Register Star