Several neighbors in the 1100 block of S.W. Plass Ave. were upset Monday night after a Topeka police officer drew his weapon and shot a dog to death.
“He drew his gun and fired five or six shots,” said neighbor Constantinos Miklas Acton. “He killed that dog dead for no reason.” . . .
A few minutes later, Acton took a break and saw the dog, a German shepherd and border collie mix, galloping playfully toward the officer.
A few seconds later, shots rang out.
“He knew I saw it,” Acton said. “He really got hot under the collar.”
Topeka police Sgt. Jennifer Cross didn’t release the officer’s name Monday night. She did confirm there had been several calls made about a barking dog and another dog possibly loose in the area.
She said the officer tried to make contact with the dog’s owner, and when the dog approached the officer, “he felt in danger.”
“His training is to protect himself,” Cross said.
A Cheatham County man said deputies gunned down his dog, and then disposed of the body in the most disrespectful way possible. Now, he wants answers about how it happened.
Brandon Reed said his pit bull, Kojo, disappeared last Tuesday.
“I had a couple dogs show up in my yard, and they were just kinda hanging out, my dog was out, and he was playing with them, and they were laying around and stuff,” he said. “Evidently, Kojo followed them back to their home.” . . .
“She said she called the police because my dog was there and he was causing some type of trouble, or she felt threatened,” Reed said.
Sheriff John Holder told NewsChannel 5 his deputies shot the dog after arriving on the scene, but said they did so because Kojo was being aggressive.
“My officers saw this dog come toward them, and my officers shot him,” Sheriff Holder said. “And we’ll take responsibility for shooting the dog, but we would not have shot the dog if he had not shown some kind of aggression.” . . .
“She said, well, when the officers shot the dog, they dragged it into the woods and threw if off the bluff, which is right behind their house,” he said. “There’s no way I could’ve found it without rappelling. So I mean, I don’t even know where he is, I didn’t even get to bury him.”
Sheriff Holder insists that his deputies would not go that far.
“We left the dog there with the people who called us, and they said they would destroy the dog, bury the dog, I think is what they said,” said the sheriff.
That never happened, which is why Reed is so upset.
“It was all handled poorly, the whole situation,” he said. “It’s so disrespectful to Kojo. And he deserved more.”
NewsChannel 5 spoke to the woman who called 911 on that day.
She did not want to go on camera, but told us the deputies helped them carry Kojo into the woods, and to the top of that 150-foot bluff.
She said they simply placed the body near the edge, though, and somehow, it must have rolled off.
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