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Dog barks after being forgotten outside, police arrive and kill dog

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A dog who was forgotten outdoors by an elderly man with dementia, wound up being shot and killed in Saint Clair Shores, Mich., by police after neighbors phoned in a barking dog complaint, reported Friday's ABC 7 Action News.

The dog's name was Lexie and she belonged to Brittany Preston, who had left the dog with her grandfather for a night while she went to work.

While in the grandfather's care, Lexie was put outside, and then forgotten.

In an apparent attempt to get someone's attention, the forgotten dog began to bark - enough so that frustrated neighbors decided to phone the police with their complaints.

According to Preston, the responding officers "surrounded," Lexie when her grandfather tried to let the dog inside.

Lexie reacted to the strangers at the home with more barks...barks which the officers took for aggression.

Soon thereafter, the dog who had been forgotten outside and tried to bark to get attention to come back in, was dead.

Witnesses told Preston that even after Lexie cowered near the house, the shots continued to ring out; she stated:

Eight shots in my dog is just horrendous,

The situation for Lexie seemed to be destined for disaster from the start. After being forgotten outside, barking and then confronted by police, the grandfather advised the officers that Lexie was not his dog...which they took to mean that she was a stray.

The officers have stated that Lexie appeared to be posing a threat and noted that they chased her for awhile before resorting to guns.

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