We have yet another case of a police shooting of a family dog. This case involved a particularly tragic
occurrence on Christmas Day. Kobi, a 70-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback mix was shot dead by a Chicago police officer. Chicago has previously appeared on these pages for dog shootings. The family says that the police opened the gate to the backyard where Kobi was being kept and then shot him when he came out. They were looking for a suspect. The police department insists that the officers acted appropriately.
Chanette Weaver said that she had just put Kobi in her closed, fenced-in yard at about 6:50 a.m. on Christmas Eve. She said, five minutes later, an officer came to the door and told her “Ma’am, your dog is dead.” She called the officers “heartless” and said that they told her “Ma’am, your dog was getting ready to attack one of my officers.’ And they shot him three times.” Police say that they shot the dog when it came to the sidewalk in a threatening manner. Weaver however said that the dog had been through obedience training and would not have attacked.
Police were looking for an escaped prisoner.
The family still have Kobi’s wrapped gifts under the tree. They now have a lawyer. The city previously paid hundreds of thousands in a recent dog shooting case.