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Sean Kendall: ‘Cop Who Killed My Dog Must Be Fired,’ Won’t Be Satisfied Until Officer Is Out Of Job

Sean Kendall dog killed by cop

Sean Kendall came home from work last Wednesday to find his beloved dog, a friendly two-year-old Weimaraner named Geist, dead from a gunshot to the head. Kendall said the horrific experience was “traumatizing.”

But his trauma turned to anger when he learned how Geist died — shot in the head by a Salt Lake City, Utah, police officer who walked into Kendall’s backyard without a warrant and when the dog approached him, opened fire. And what was the police officer doing in Kendall’s yard in the first place? He was searching for a three-year-old child who had been reported missing by panicky parents, even though the toddler was found safe in his own home a half-hour after police said they got the report.

Police said the dog was “aggressive,” but Kendall isn’t buying their explanation. He says that Geist (pictured above) had never shown aggression before, and was, most likely, simply walking toward the officer out of curiosity about the stranger in the yard. In fact, he says, any dog would do the same thing.

“The idea that he attacked an officer — it just doesn’t make sense,” sad Kendall. “I believe my dog came out of the dog kennel to see what was going on, who was here, stopped right here, and those were his last moments.”

Kendall says that he has now lost his best friend. “He was a member of my family. He was just goofy and funny and he loved to play. He was a big cuddler, a big cuddler, and now he’s gone,” said Kendall. “You know we slept together, we went on hikes together.”

He says the sight of his dog lying dead from a bullet to the head is now “burned into my eyes.”

“Just the sheer sight of seeing my dog there — it was traumatizing,” Kendall said. “Now he’s dead. I have him wrapped up in a blanket in the back of my truck, and now I have to go bury him.”

Kendall met with Salt Lake City police at the city’s police headquarters on Monday, but came away frustrated that no action is being taken against the cop who killed his dog.

Kendall say the officer who killed Geist needs to pay with his job.

“The only thing that I would be satisfied with is having this officer terminated,” said Kendall. “I feel that his judgment was completely inappropriate.”

But the police defended the officer’s actions, saying there were “extenuating circumstances.”

“A child is missing,” said Salt Lake City Police Sergeant Greg Wilking. “If you’re a parent, you would want us to look everywhere for your child. We wouldn’t want to leave any stone unturned.”

The boy was reported missing at 4:30 pm, police said. He was found safe and asleep in his parent’s basement at 5 pm.

The lawyer for Sean Kendall, Brett Boulton, says his client plans to sue the city, because “That’s what we do in the legal system. We pay people money when bad things happen.”

[Image: Sean Kendall]

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48 Responses to “Sean Kendall: ‘Cop Who Killed My Dog Must Be Fired,’ Won’t Be Satisfied Until Officer Is Out Of Job”

  1. David Allen

    As many have already stated this is happening way too often and sets a dangerous precedent. Many cops are nothing more than bullies who think that they carry a gun allows them to shoot their way out of any situation and get away with it and this is wrong. I hope that Mr. Kendall is successful with his lawsuit and the officer is fired but if this does not happen the officer who killed his dog needs to be identified and a price put on his head. When the ones who are supposed to protect us don't and in fact become our enemies them it is time for the citizens to protect ourselves at whatever the cost.

  2. Scott Bond

    I think some of these cops are simply scared little men no way I would have shot that dog unless he actually was biting me and attacking. Cowards I think is the term. Even if attacking doesn't look like something I couldn't kick off me in my armored body vest and all the other "supposed training". Just shoot some persons innocent dog in their backyard and pretend it is ok to just say Sorry.

  3. Scott Bond

    Because he couldn't just jump back over fence or back out of gate nope just shoot the dog in the head… Pathetic

  4. Juaquin Mondragon-Sanchez

    Absolutely should be fired! He completely lied & killed a family member. I wish nothing but bad for the coward that murdered that poor dog:( I hope you read this too punk!

  5. Dimi Oiseaux

    I have worked with dogs that are considered aggressive I have never been bitten or mauled- this breed of dog is not known for aggressiveness but would show natural curiosity if someone crossed their turf I don't think cops are an elite group and since seeing the video of the cop abusing his canine partner I don't think half of them know about handling animals Perhaps they should get some training from soldiers who went to Iraq with canine companions!

  6. Debbie McNair

    So why did the parents not know where their child was? And dogs do protect their own yards. Even friendly dogs can become aggressive if they feel the need to defend their area from strangers. Sounds like this dog was more curious than aggressive. Anyone knows if you enter someone elses yard and there is evidence that a dog lives there that there is the possibility the dog may attack what it would perceive to be a threat. Shooting a dog should be a last resort. The officer should have left the yard instead of shooting the dog if he felt threatened. He did go where the dog lived. It's not like a dangerous animal was running lose.

  7. Scott Bond

    Agreed I mean the dog looks like it would look at a rabbit curiously. Now granted I would not want an officer to get mauled but he couldn't be more observant of his surroundings? Not really asking you just being sarcastic. Yes they could learn a thing or two from those partners from Iraq for damn sure.

  8. Patricia Hoffer

    I agree that the cop went to far. There were other ways the cop could have handled this situation; however, since I am not sure firing him is the answer. Instead let's provide ore training.

  9. Roger Bloodgood

    I had a friend that had an Autistic "child" he was 17 when I knew them. If you went into the backyard of their without either of his parents with you he would attack you. What would have happened if this thug of a cop went into their yard?

  10. Dave Turner

    Stop suing the cities for money, sue for the officer to be fired then file a civil suit against him/her for their actions. That's the ONLY way this crap is going to stop.

  11. Cindy Sams Deerman

    Geist was shot for doing what any dog would have done, totally uncalled for, was the big bad police officer so scared of the dog that he had to shoot him? Some people should not be given guns. This would be a good example, The officer should undergo some psych evaluation to see about his lack of control.

  12. Regina Snowden Tucker

    Wishing the best of luck. Police are using that excuse way too often. Changes are very much needed.

  13. Carolyn Furlong

    The Cop should be Fired! He should have never went in the yard. The dog was doing what all dogs do checking out on what's going on. If someone was too come in my yard my 90 pound PitBull will greet u at the gate.

  14. Lori J Argetsinger

    I can see if this was a pitbull with a aggressive background but these types of dogs are not known to be aggressive and there is no reason for this. just goes to show that police are starting to shot now and ask questions later.

  15. Johno Lee

    The police haven't been protecting or serving us since the beginning of time. Fact is, no one trusts the police. The only people that are okay with the police are the ones that get some sort of benefit from them. Other than that…they can all perish. I can defend myself and my family just fine and have been doing so for the past 15 years. The last thing I need is for a cop to come onto my property and kill one of my family members. I'll be happy to kill one that trespasses without a warrant. It's either me and my family or the enemy and I will always choose to save my family and kill an intruder. Even if it's some scumbag wearing a badge that has no right to be on my property.

  16. Johno Lee

    This will only stop if we get rid of the politicians that allow the police to be protected for crimes they commit. If a civilian did this they would be behind bars rotting. So some punk ass goes to a 6 month JOKE of an academy and learns to do push-ups and passes a written and oral exam that any 8th grader can memorize and pass and they get a gun and a badge and start killing people and pets. I can honestly say fuck the police. They're doing absolutely NOTHING for the communities. There is nothing honorable about their occupation. I served this country only to realize that it's full of badged terrorists that are allowed to kill someone whenever they want, wherever they want, however they want. It all goes unpunished.

  17. Eddie Gentry

    Paul Johnson you are so right, Its sad and scary when we have to worry more about rogue militant cops and our own government than we do terrorist and immigrants. I say any parent who loses their kid shouldn't be allowed to have one. Evidently they weren't watching them so why should a sweet dog on it's own property have to die. Should have shot the parents. They were the real danger to the child. Not only should the scum bag be fired, he needs to have criminal charges brought up on him. But usually KARMA is much more just. Sorry for the loss of your furry family member and friend. Thanks for putting this animal killer on the internet so everyone knows what a coward and loser he is.

  18. Eddie Gentry

    He would have shot the kid without a doubt. That's what they do these days. MOST cops are corrupt. I've known many many many through my life and they are just legal criminals. They think they are above the law and that everyone else are beneath them.

  19. Janna McMillin

    I have a Weimaraner and they ARE NOT aggressive dogs. The cop should be fired and made to pay restitution, these dogs are expensive.

  20. Diane Allen

    I'm curious to know what time he called in the report of discharging his gun. I think he was totally wrong, absolutely wrong. If he felt threatened why didn't he shoot in the air or the ground near the dog and then run?

  21. Rebecca Rawson Thornberry

    The dog showed aggression? What did the cop expect? Dog are territorial. The dog saw a trespasser who posed a threat to his home. If a cop is this quick to use a gun he has no business on a police force. He's a dangerous man with a deadly weapon.

  22. Marcus Argyros

    My dog is 15lbs but if you walked in my yard he would bark his head off and run up to you, but he isn't aggressive and never has or would ever bite.

  23. Cheryl Babineau

    They sue the city because the city is one with the deep pockets.

  24. Jenny Garnsey

    #1 He had no warrant to enter the person's "fenced" back yard. #2 He killed an animal on said person's property. I'd take lots of pictures before moving him, take him to a vet to get a necropsy done then press charges for trespassing and then for animal cruelty and get records about the fact that the kid had already been found when he claimed to be entering his residence for the purpose of finding the child.

  25. Jenny Garnsey

    Further more, if he was telling the truth, any officer worth anything knows that if an animal is being aggressive you locate the owner of the animal, or call the humane society with a Y-pole to subdue the dog so you can enter the premises. Unless he saw a kid actually being attacked by an animal there is no reason to shoot a dog.

  26. Vicki Dishon Dix

    Fire the cop! No paid administrative leave!! Sue the department/city for change in the treatment of animals, and sue the parents that put all of this in motion. How freaking hard is it to know where your child is…

  27. Dave Turner

    Cheryl Babineau – not the point. Sometimes you need to sue people personally so they stop their behavior. It's not always about the money. How much exactly does it cost to bring back your dead dog after they'e shot by a cop?

  28. Matt Tocco

    Cops are doing this shit all over the country. A bunch of little boys with a badge, bullet proof vests, tasers and guns trying to act tough. Pathetic little boys is all they are. I hope I get a terminal illness one day to pay a few cops I've had some shitty dealings with a visit, and the look on their face……feeling their power drain from them will be all worth it to me. :D

  29. Lee J Dawson

    But you can't sue a city to have a police officer charged, and as he was acting as an agent of the city in an official capacity, he would be protected from civil suits (in most situations). Suing the city is normally the only option in a situation like this.

  30. Dave Turner

    Lee J Dawson – you could be right but there's got to be some way to make the officer pay for what they did. And until someone tries it and succeeds, this crap is going to go on and on.

  31. Jennie Peterson

    Seriously? The officers don't know enough to make noise to alert a dog before they enter another persons property? And its okay to just shoot peoples pets? To a lot of people, their pets are their children.

  32. Jennie Peterson

    Seriously? The officers don't know enough to make noise to alert a dog before they enter another persons property? And its okay to just shoot peoples pets? To a lot of people, their pets are their children.

  33. Simon Capobianco

    Forget fired – the cop should be charged with criminal trespass and animal cruelty. It's a terrifying state of affairs when the police can come onto your property without a warrant, kill your dog, claim it was being aggressive – as dogs tend to be when intruders come into their owners' yards – and get away scot free.

  34. Simon Capobianco

    Forget fired – the cop should be charged with criminal trespass and animal cruelty. It's a terrifying state of affairs when the police can come onto your property without a warrant, kill your dog, claim it was being aggressive – as dogs tend to be when intruders come into their owners' yards – and get away scot free.

  35. Para Scope

    "But the police defended the officer’s actions, saying there were “extenuating circumstances.”

    “A child is missing,” said Salt Lake City Police Sergeant Greg Wilking. “If you’re a parent, you would want us to look everywhere for your child. We wouldn’t want to leave any stone unturned."

    If the officer couldn't see the child behind the dog, there was no reason to shoot it. Knee-jerk defenses of the indefensible from police supervisors serve only to further corrode whatever trust the public may have left in their officers. Fire this cop and preserve the relationship between the public and those tasked with protecting them before it's too late!

  36. Cheryl Babineau

    Dave I know you are right. I'm just saying most people sue for the money. If I was this guy and not in it for money, I would press charges and try to get this cop throw I jail. If people could actually press charges on the police and have them thrown in jail, maybe that would stop them.

  37. Dave Turner

    Cheryl Babineau – you're right, most do sue for a monetary gain. If someone would sue for a non-monetary gain, it might catch on and things might change. Well we can dream, right? =)

  38. Lee J Dawson

    Dave Turner You have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the courts in the United States work. In civil courts, you can only sue to recoup damages or enforce contracts (there might be a third option, but I can't recall it offhand). He also can't press charges against a police officer acting in an official capacity. It is up to the district attorney to press charges, and they rarely do so against police officers (look up "police shootings Albuquerque, New Mexico"). He has very few options in this case, and please understand, the officer is also protected by a union.

  39. Majk Smith

    So I shoot a dog, I go to jail, cops shoot a dog, they get commended.

  40. Jennifer Bollinger

    Even an acknowledgement or apology would be appropriate but I suppose that's too much to ask?