ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) – “I do not blame the police officers who had to shoot that dog!”
But Jackie Spiker and a lot of other animal lovers in Alton know who to blame, and they plan to take their complaints directly to the mayor and the city council during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Up to 200 protesters could pack the council chambers to protest Monday’s action by police, which happened on the first day the police department took over animal control duties in Alton.
The dog – a boxer, reportedly hit by a car – was eventually shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun but survived before officers used their .40-caliber sidearms to shoot the dog twice more, killing it, according to a police report cited by Spiker.
Spiker, with the group Hope Animal Rescue, says the dog’s grisly death fulfilled an earlier prediction.
“The last city council meeting – several people were in that meeting and they said, ‘When animal control is gone, police are going to shoot dogs,'” Spiker says. “And the mayor and the chief of police said, ‘That’s absolutely incorrect, they’d never shoot dogs.'”
She adds that the injured dog, which was later found to have been micro-chipped and neutered, should have been taken to a vet before it was simply put down.
“To scan for a microchip and contact the owner. Then none of this would even have been a story had they followed the law,” Spiker says.
Protesters who gather at tonight’s Alton City Council meeting will demand the immediate reinstatement of an animal control officer.
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