A surveillance video captures a police officer shooting two dogs in a fenced backyard of a home in Minneapolis on Saturday. One dog was shot in the face and the other was shot multiple times, according to CBS Minnesota. Both dogs, Ciroc and Rocko, survived the shooting. However, their owner, Jennifer LeMay, is now facing thousands of dollars of vet care and surgery. Ciroc and Rocko are pit bulls, and are service animals for LeMay’s two sons who suffer from severe anxiety, according to the Star Tribune.
LeMay posted the surveillance video on her Facebook to show the dogs were not attacking the officer.
“He was wagging his tail,” LeMay said of Ciroc, the first dog shot. “My dog wasn’t even moving, lunging toward him or anything.”
LeMay and her family were camping while a friend watched their dogs. LeMay’s daughters, ages 18 and 13, came home early and accidentally triggered the alarm. LeMay phoned the security company and the alarm was deactivated. 15 minutes later, police arrived. According to the Star Tribune, they did not knock on the front door. One climbed a 7-foot fence to get into the backyard.
After the shooting, police allegedly told the family that animal control would be there within minutes to help with the dogs’ medical needs. But nobody showed up, according to LeMay.
Minneapolis police released a statement saying, “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.”