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Police fatally shoot couple's puppy inside of fenced yard

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A gated, fenced yard did not prove to be adequate protection for a Redford Township, Mich., puppy who was shot and killed by police on Sunday, reported Tuesday's New York Daily News.

Bianca Alakson and Ryan Showalter's 10-month-old puppy "Rock," was fatally wounded when police officers, who were chasing a suspect, entered through the gate of his fenced-in yard. According to WDIV-TV, the couple believes that the officer who shot Rock was afraid of him; the officer who fired the shots has stated that the young dog charged him.

Things deteriorated further for the couple when Showalter asked the officers what happened to their dog, and he wound up cuffed and in a police cruiser for "interfering with the investigation." Showalter was not charged.

Rock's guardians, as well as neighbors, describe the young dog was friendly - a greeter, not a protector. Today, they are angry about what happened and devastated that their pup was killed in the one place that he should have been perfectly safe.

As for the police...they claim that they are animal lovers, but reiterated their belief that they have to protect themselves.

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