A Minneapolis dog owner is threatening legal action after a police officer shot her two dogs.
In a post on GoFundMe, Jennifer LeMay says it all started when her house alarm was accidentally set off shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday night. The security company – Xfinity Home – canceled the alarm within less than five minutes, LeMay says.
Minneapolis police arrived about 15 minutes later – LeMay says they never knocked on the door or called the alarm company. One officer was in the front of the house, while the other went to the backyard where LeMay says he climbed her 9-foot privacy fence.
That's when her two dogs, Ciroc and Rocko, were shot. LeMay says the dogs weren't charging at the officer or trying to attack. The incident was captured on a home security camera.
Heads up: it may be hard for some people to watch.
Yall see this shit...mpls finest shooting my dogs that weren't attacking or charging at him!
Posted by Jennifer LeMay on Saturday, July 8, 2017
Both dogs were taken to the emergency vet with gunshot wounds, which is why LeMay started the GoFundMe page, to pay for medical expenses.
She says Ciroc was shot once in the face, fracturing his jaw. He's recovering at home but will need special surgery on his jaw. Meanwhile, Rocko is in critical care after being shot three or four times, and is still being monitored at the vet. LeMay says she had $4,700 so far in vet bills.
The post on GoFundMe says both dogs are service animals to her two children, and that her 13-year-old daughter saw the whole thing happen from her bedroom window.
In a Facebook post, LeMay says she will be seeking justice.
Minneapolis police respond
In a statement posted to Facebook Sunday, the Minneapolis Police Department responded to the shooting.
“We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner," it says.
The department says anytime an officer fires their weapon in the line of duty, there is an investigation. Authorities are currently reviewing the video posted on Facebook and the officer's body camera footage. (Body cameras were rolled out to all of MPD's officers last fall.)
"We have reached out to the owner of the dogs and will continue to do so during the investigation. At this time there is no further information we can release," the post says.