Homeowner Says Police Unnecessarily Shot Dog
(WNEM) SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Saginaw Township man wants answer after his 10-year-old black Labrador Retriever was shot by a police officer.David Ruhle told WNEM TV5 he and his family were inside their Saginaw Township home in the middle of the night when they heard gunshots.When Ruhle checked his back yard he saw the family dog Buddy covered in blood and Saginaw Township police officers with guns drawn.”My gate was open and they were all standing — there was about four of them,” Ruhle said. “They were looking for someone…they had heard a tip that that someone might be here.”The person who officers were attempting to question was Ruhle’s 18-year-old daughter’s boyfriend. Saginaw Township police chief Donald F. Pussehl Jr. said the boyfriend has a history of running from police.”Officers went to both the front and back of the home, the dog charged and was unfortunately shot,” said Pussehl.The homeowner said his dog was never a threat to the officers. “He might have been growling at them,” Ruhle said. “But it’s the middle of the night and you just came into his back yard.”Buddy was shot in the chest by a .45 caliber bullet, but is expected to survive.Ruhle said it’s upsetting that his 3-year-old daughter has to see Buddy with a breathing tube inserted into his chest and stitches over the bullet wound.”He’s on pain medication and antibiotics,” he said. “There’s no reason for it, he didn’t do anything wrong.”Ruhle said he believes the incident could have been avoided, but he’s happy man’s best friend is still alive and that no one in his family was injured.The police department told WNEM TV5 that they are open to meet with Rhule to discuss covering the veterinary bills.