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Police officer enters fenced yard, fatally shoots dog

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According to Thursday's KSL News, a dog who was contained within his owner's fenced-in yard was fatally shot by a Salt Lake City, Utah, police officer yesterday.

The tragic killing took place as officers conducted a door-to-door search for a three-year-old boy who had been reported missing on Wednesday afternoon. One of the officers entered Sean Kendall's fenced yard after knocking on the door and receiving no response.

Inside of the yard was "Geist," a large Weimaraner who Kendall considered to be a member of his family. The officer who fired the fatal shot claims that Geist approached him aggressively.

Kendall is stunned at the allegation; he told KSL News:

"the idea that he attacked an officer — it just doesn't make sense,"

"I believe my dog came out of the dog kennel to see what was going on, who was here, stopped right here, and those were his last moments.

The dog who had been Kendall's hiking partner is gone - his guardian wrapped the dog in a blanket and told the news agency that he planned to bury him. The child that sparked the door-to-door search in the neighborhood was never actually gone...he was found not long after being reported missing, asleep in the basement of his own home.

The Salt Lake City Police Department has initiated an investigation into the shooting and they have declined to issue a statement until the investigation has been completed.

Right now, officers and residents alike are stunned after a 20-plus year veteran of the Baltimore, Md., police department slashed the throat of a dog who has slipped from her yard. The dog, named "Nala," was restrained when the officer killed her. Officer Jeffrey Bolger was arrested and has been charged with felony animal cruelty for the fatal stabbing which took place this past Saturday.

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