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‘This is not justifiable:’ Owner speaks after police shoot pit bull

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A family's dog is going to be losing a leg after body camera footage shows it being shot by an officer over the weekend.

The police department said officers were responding to a report of an aggressive dog chasing people in the very early hours of Friday morning.

The body camera footage from the incident was posted to the department's Facebook page. It has stirred up quite the debate since the Grand Rapids Police Department made it public Saturday evening.

FOX 17 spoke to the dog's owner, Shequeel Robinson, about the situation.

“This is not justifiable," Robinson said. “She took a bullet in her face, this close to her eye, and then one in the shoulder, and now her shoulder needs to be amputated.”

The shooting happened in the 1700 block of Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids. Police say they tried for 30 minutes to secure the 5-year-old Pit Bull named Youneek. They reportedly couldn't identify the owner and say it charged a neighbor.

"She’s not an aggressive dog at all," Robinson said. "Youneek is a loving dog.”

Robinson said the dog is normally on a leash but doesn't know why she wasn't that night.

She says she works third shift and rushed home to try and intervene. She also claims there's more to the story than what the released footage shows. "They only showed her coming off her property after they provoked her," Robinson said. "And she was protecting her home. She never left her property until they was provoking her, and that’s when she charged.”

The dog's owner and a local rescue group said the dog was picked up by animal control hours later.

“The dog was in distress, a lot of barking.”

Younkee spent time at a local vet, and a nearby rescue group called Michele's Rescue helped take care of the bill.

“I have a very deep passion for animals, and I would want someone to do that for me," said Michele Schaut, owner of Michele's Rescue.

The dog has been taken to another veterinarian on the east side of the state,  where an amputation is scheduled for Monday.

In its Facebook post, the Grand Rapids Police Department said, "Law enforcement officers are forced to do things every single day that they wish they did not have to do ... and GRPD is no exception." FOX 17 reached out to GRPD for further comment but has not heard back.

As for Robinson, she was given a citation for having an unleashed dog. She plans to follow up with the department on that matter.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to to help cover medical bills for Youneek. Click here for more information.

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  • Unslaved

    “Law enforcement officers are forced to do things every single day that they wish they did not have to do … and GRPD is no exception.”
    No one forced the cop to do anything in this situation. He likes the money that he gets for doing whatever evil he’s told and so he does whatever evil he’s told. Force IS WHAT COPS DO. They hold a gun to your head and say give me your money, the state demands it. If you don’t give it to me, you’ll be FORCED to give it to me. The cop CHOSE to shoot a dog because of the money that he earns for choosing to perform such actions.

    • C

      Hey, Unslaved. If the dog had chomped down on your child, or better yet, you, and the officer who shot the animal stood by and let it happen you’d be screaming like hell about a lawsuit. Get over your self righteous attitude for a change.

      • Unslaved

        Tell yourself whatever you have to so that you feel better about supporting people that are the enforcers of evil. There is no gray area when it comes to what is right and wrong, even though the courts want you to believe exactly that. You either understand Natural Law and abide by it, or you invite chaos and suffering into your life. You can watch this video and in less than one day have a TOTAL understanding of Natural Law, or you can go put on a football game or some talk show and go distract yourself with something that won’t affect your life two days from now. The choice is yours, and sadly I already know what you’re going to pick…but here it is in case you want to prove me wrong: https://youtu.be/dIEemKcy-4E

        • C

          You’re not worth it. Go follow your priest of Satan or wherever your idiocy takes you, but don’t try to run your thinking that’s about a mile wide but only an inch deep on others. Nobody of at least normal intelligence is listening.

      • Sick of the crap

        Unslaved is a moron. Every cop related story he proves his stupidity. The owner is responsible for securing the dog. She didn’t or it got loose. It was aggressive. It was shot for the safety of the citizens. Case closed. Thanks officer for doing the right thing.

  • jerry

    to bad the police didnt get a better shot pit bulls are bad news the a hole owner wanted the cop to wait untell the dog bites him or someone elce do a go fund me page for the owner to go back to school she needs it

  • Mac Woods

    To hear pit owners talk, they’re all just big Easter Bunnies. It never ends. Every time a story hits the news. It is NEVER the dog’s fault. Never the owners fault. Never. Pits and their owners make up the single-greatest cult on this planet.

  • Bryan

    “And she was protecting her home. She never left her property until they was provoking her, and that’s when she charged.”

    Lady needs to learn how to talk more goodly (Improper grammar used for satirical affect).
    What does this person leave their dog chained up outside day and night? These people who get a pit bulls know nothing about the breed then get all surprised when things happen are the reason why pitbulls have their reputation. This person does not deserve to have a dog. I myself have a pit I went to many shelters til I found one that had the correct temperament and breed to it. I have done research on the breeds our dog has so I know what to expect, this idiot probably didn’t do a damn thing.

  • Sharry Thurkettle Gillesse

    If anyone watched the bodycam video, the officer was not in the yard and the dog charged him. Bad dog owners, will probably use the money for the dog, really.

  • Kirk

    This is very justifiable. The popularity of these dogs, is one of the reasons I carry a .45. Talk to police in other cities and they shoot more pitbulls than any other dog. Read the data at dogsbite.org. Facts don’t care about your feelings….

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