Family wants answers after dog shot by police in Marinette

Police: Officer used objectively reasonable force
Posted at 7:50 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 09:20:31-04

A family wants answers after a Marinette Police Officer shot and injured their dog while responding to an alleged 911 hang up.

On August 17, Tiffany and Steve Goodlet said their dog Remington was shot by an officer after their daughter accidentally dialed 911 and hung up once or twice.

After conducting an internal review, Marinette Police determined the officer used "objectively reasonable force under the circumstances." The internal review included interviews with the officer, witnesses and all available video from outside sources, police said.

According to police records, the officer says, "as the dog reached the edge of the yard and onto the driveway it lunged in the air and attempted to bite me in the face area." The officer also said he could not reach for other intervention options because he was "using my left hand to fend off the dog and it was approaching too fast." 

However, a witness who lives a few houses away from the Goodlet family said he believes the dog did not do anything wrong or aggressive.

Remington was left with a bullet lodged in him. The veterinarian who treated him told the Goodlet's he will have permanent nerve damage.

"Shocked, I was numb," said Goodlet. "He is not the type of dog to attack. I wanted answers and they would not give them to me."

Removing the bullet from Remington requires surgery. The Goodlet's are asking for anyone willing to help to donate to their GoFundMe page. You can donate by clicking here.

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