During a search for a lost child, a Salt Lake City police officer went into Sean Kendall's backyard and shot his Weimaraner, Geist. Sean got a phone call giving him the terrible news. He quickly drove home and filmed his exchange with police. Raw with emotion, Sean questions why the officer shot his dog. At one point, he shouts, "There’s a problem of officers killing dogs for no reason. If you look online, it’s everywhere!"
The video he filmed was posted to YouTube by the Salt Lake City Tribune and has gone viral. A Facebook page set up for Justice of Geist is growing and a large rally was held on Saturday. Hundreds of people and pets rallied outside Salt Lake City police headquarters to show support for Sean and to call for changes to how officers handle pets they deem aggressive.
At the rally, Sean said, "It’s overwhelming, the support of the community. That makes the loss of my best friend a little bit easier to deal with."
Geist’s shooting has ignited debate in the city and nationally about how law enforcement handles pets that behave aggressively and whether police have adequate training and preparation for dog-related encounters.
Sean's supporters voiced was that they would like to see the officer who shot Geist held accountable and that officers get proper training on how to control pets without the use of a firearm. Many people told the Salt Lake City Tribune that they were disappointed at those dog lovers threatening police harm as it detracts from finding a peaceful, productive resolution between both sides.
Warning: Video contains strong language.
A petition in support of Justice for Geist has been posted here.
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