December 22, 2014

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Police shoot, kill dog; owner is ticketed

LORAIN — A Lorain woman was distraught Tuesday after police shot and killed her dog, which they said was aggressive toward them.

Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Amy Saunders, 41, of the 1900 block of Randall Street, called police after an argument with her boyfriend at her house. When police arrived they saw Saunders’ Labrador “Champion,” barking, growling and running around their cruiser, according to the police report.

Saunders called the dog to the back of the house, and police were able to walk up to resolve the conflict Saunders had with her boyfriend.

After talking to Saunders, police were walking back to their cruiser when the dog ran from the house, charging at them and growling, according to police. Officers shot and wounded the dog, which ran to the backyard. When police followed the dog, they saw that he was “injured severely” and shot the wounded animal again, according to police.

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.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.