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North Side family says prized puppy was unjustly shot by cop

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My Fox Chicago – by Larry Yellen, FOX 32 News Legal Analyst

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A North Side family is furious over what they claim was an unjustified police shooting of their 7-month-old miniature bull terrier, Colonel Phillips, known to the neighborhood as “The Colonel.”

Residents are also upset, not just because police shot a puppy they all knew, but also because the shooting occurred not far from a preschool, on a street where pedestrians including children could have been hurt.

The dog’s father was a champion show dog and his owners hoped he would one day be a show dog himself.

“They look like Spuds Mckenzie. You’ve seen the Target ad? One of those, but they’re miniatures,” owner Al Phillips says of the breed.

But on Saturday afternoon, the Colonel became a target himself. He was shot by a Chicago Police officer in front of his owner’s gated, North Side home. Police were writing a parking ticket for a van belonging to Al Phillips, so Phillips came out to move the vehicle.

“My little bull terrier followed me out,” Phillips explains. “Then, all I hear is boom! Boom! Two shots. You shot the dog!”

One eyewitness, Charlene Dezego, told FOX 32 News that she heard the officer warned Phillips about the dog being loose, but the officer never sounded like he was in danger.

“All of sudden I heard him say, ‘get your dog,’ and then the next statement was ‘get your dog,’ and then he just pulled out his gun and shot twice,” says Dezengo.

Morgan Phillips, Al’s daughter, rushed the dog to an emergency vet.

“He needed five hours surgery. They took shrapnel out of his stomach. He had shell casing in his leg. It lacerated his muscle. We were going to show him, but we can’t now,” Morgan says.

While FOX 32′s Larry Yellen was interviewing the dog’s owners, two police officers drove by the home. 90 minutes later, they came back, asked why Phillips why he had contacted the media and gave him a ticket for not keeping Colonel on a leash.

“They were giving us a ticket, three days after the fact,” says Phillips. “So I think they’re probably trying to cover their rear ends.”

A police spokesman says the shooting is being investigated by the independent police review authority, which investigates all police shootings.

The Phillips family says they’re considering a petition drive to have the officer who shot their dog taken off the streets.

They also say that after shooting the dog, the officer put his gun back in his holster, and calmly finished writing the ticket for their van.

Read more: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/20251373/chicago-cop-shoots-puppy-with-world-champion-lineage-exclusive#ixzz2ECwWdMYH

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8 Responses to North Side family says prized puppy was unjustly shot by cop

  1. BentSpear says:

    “They also say that after shooting the dog, the officer put his gun back in his holster, and calmly finished writing the ticket for their van.”

    Drugged up Robocop. Jaywalkers will be the next STK targets. Won’t be long before a “Hobo with a Shotgun” appears.

  2. diggerdan says:

    Now if someone shot a K9 dog it would be the same as shooting a cop. I hope these people sue the dirty pig that did this. Just goes to show that cops are some of the dirtest, incosideret, hot headded bastards around.

    • Angel-NYC says:

      We Second That!
      They think they are above the Law and can do Anything they want.

      • diggerdan says:

        Yep you two, I don`t think I would be takin` it as easy as the owner of that dog. Show dog or not. I used to have high buck dogs, but someone broke his back and he had to be put down. I`m still looking for the one that did that. Since then though I have had 3 rescue dogs and each one was/is a real champ, and even got a cat that I actually got to really like – I use to hate cats, but I never even hurt a cat they even grew on me. I would realy hate to know what I would do if I caought someone torturing or killing one of my animal buddies. I guarentee that they would not have a good day……… All the best to you and your Hubby, digger

    • NC says:

      So true, Digs.

  3. Large Scale Aggressor says:

    If it was my dog, well let’s just say one day one day that cop would just mysteriously vanish. Forever.

  4. Cathleen says:

    I really hate stories like this …. I love animals and a puppy is as innocent as it gets.

    :’(

    . . .

  5. NC says:

    “A police spokesman says the shooting is being investigated by the independent police review authority, which investigates all police shootings.”

    Let me guess, first put the officer on a paid three day vacation and then call them back on the fourth day and say to him that he was “Exonerated” and all is well. Good job!

    Sick bastards!

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