Owner wants policeman that shot his dog fired

Published 06/23 2014 09:46PM

Updated 06/24 2014 01:35PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The owner of a dog shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer wants that officer to lose his job.

Sean Kendall's 2 and 1/2 year old Weimaraner named Geist was shot by an unnamed SLPD cop on June 18th. The officer was searching the neighborhood for a missing 3 year old boy when he went into Kendall's backyard, encountered Geist and felt threatened by the 110-pound dog. He drew his service weapon and shot Geist in the head.

"The officer did what he did in the moment to avoid being bitten, possibly," Salt Lake Police Detective Greg Wilking told ABC 4 News Monday.

On Monday afternoon, Kendall met with three Deputy Chiefs plus SLPD Media Director Laura Jones and Wilking, who said the unnamed officer who shot Geist was still working.

"I don't think I would feel vindicated unless this officer was fired," Kendall told reporters. "Terminated from the police department."

"There is going to be an investigation," Det. Wilking said. "A civilian investigation as well as an internal affairs investigation into the shooting, as in all cases."

Kendall did not mention a monetary settlement.

"I have three goals given this situation," Kendall said. "Number one is to get justice and have this officer removed from the force where I believe he's a danger to the community. I want police to incorporate a formal policy on how they are to deal with aggressive dogs and number three, I'd like to have Utah recognize pets as an extension of the family instead of just a piece of property."

On Monday night, an online fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.com had raised $1260.00 to help Kendall achieve his three goals. A Justice For Geist Facebook page had over 10,000 "Likes".

Kendall and Det. Wilking said that Salt Lake Police will visit the backyard to survey the scene as part of their investigation.

The missing 3 year old boy was quickly found unharmed in his own home.

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