Warning: Viewers might find some of the language in the video inappropriate.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A recording of a man confronting police after one of the officers shot his dog while it remained in his backyard has gone viral and caused outrage around the country.
Sean Kendall is seen on the video racing home after he received a call from animal control officials saying police officers shot and killed his dog in the backyard of his home.
He recorded the conversation with police and posted it to his Facebook page.
“You guys killed my dog. I had this dog for three years. He was my best friend,” Kendall hollers and asks them why the officer couldn’t just back up when he felt threatened. “Is that against policy is that against training? Did the officer at least have the decency to kill him on the first shot so he didn’t suffer?”
On Thursday, Kendall told KSTU that internal affairs investigators looked in the backyard and Kendall said the officer was about 20 feet into it when he fired two shots that killed his dog, Geist, who he said he had for 3 years.
Salt Lake City Police say they were searching June 18 for a missing 3-year-old and an officer went into Kendall’s backyard but felt threatened by Geist, causing him to open fire.
When Kendall arrived home, he confronted officers who were there, but the officer who shot the dog was gone, but so Sgt. Joseph Cyr talked with Kendall.
“We entered the yard looking for a lost child. He was threatened by the dog and shot the dog. That’s as simple as it gets,” Cyr said.
“So I get to bury my dog because an officer couldn’t back up and close the (deleted) gate,” Kendall said during the exchange. “Something’s gotta change, and I know it wasn’t you. I’m sorry but I’m (upset).”
KSTU reported that Salt Lake City Police aren’t saying what specific threat Geist posed and said the investigation continues.
The seven Salt Lake City Council members sent a letter to Police Chief Chris Burbank saying the department needs to “educate” the public on police procedures when a child goes missing and how a search of nearby properties should be conducted.
“Within the community at large there’s a lot of people who have animals and have pets and are guardians of pets, they want the answers too,” said Carly Arky, director of communications for the Humane Society of Utah.
“I think we’re suited to work with the police department, but that’s up to them to contact us. The story’s building. The story is building, and I think the frustration is building.”