Earlier this week, Amy Saunders, 41, called police to mitigate an argument brewing between her and her boyfriend. They did, though Saunders' dog was barking, growling, running around and generally being a dog whose sleep had presumably been disrupted at 1:15 a.m. throughout the process.
Police contend that the dog, a Labrador named Champion, charged at them as they were walking back to their cruiser. So they shot the dog. Champion, now wounded, ran off to the backyard.
The officers then followed the dog out back and noticed that he was "injured severely," as the Chronicle-Telegram reports. So they shot the dog again, killing him.
Reporter Anna Merriman adds:
Saunders denied that Champion, who she’s owned for three years, was being aggressive to officers.
“He’s not vicious … no dog deserves to die for that,” Saunders said.
Before leaving, police issued Saunders a summons for animal at large. Despite her pending court date, all Saunders can do is mourn the loss of her beloved animal.
“He made me smile every day,” she said.