For most every pet owner, an animal is more than just a furry friend. They become an integral member of their family. When a pet dies, it is a traumatic experience, but imagine if a family pet was shot. Imagine if that animal was shot multiple times and not killed.
Tyler Muzzi and his family experienced just that last Friday. Miller, a one-and-a half-year-old lab, was shot by Cleveland Police Investigator Greg Perkins.
Muzzi was only trying to be a Good Samaritan when he called his next-door neighbor to inform him that a suspicious person was lurking around his house.
“It was around 1:15 p.m. last Friday,” Muzzi said. “I work on Friday nights, so I was home that afternoon getting ready to go in.
“We live on a dead-end road, so we all know who should be in the neighborhood and who shouldn’t,” he added.
After looking around outside as inconspicuously as he could, Muzzi determined that his neighbor needed to know what was going on. From there, the neighbor called the police as Muzzi kept an eye out.
When officers arrived, they searched the area and the entire time his dog Miller was present, on a line.
“We do not have a fenced in backyard, so we keep Miller on a line when we are home and he needs to go out,” said Muzzi.
Then things went bad for the family and its dog.
Officers were around Miller during the entire search for — and arrest of — the suspect.
“They saw him, knew he was there, and never asked me to put him up,” Muzzi said.
It was after the suspect was in custody that Muzzi went back indoors, knowing everything had been handled. The front curtains were open and Muzzi watched as the plain-clothed investigator walked up.
Muzzi said he then heard the shots. He first thought they had shot the suspect. When he went outside, he found out that it was his dog.
He ran back inside to grab blankets and call the vet’s office to tell them he was on his way with a dog that had been shot. Back outside, officers were 10 feet away from the dog when Muzzi made it to the backyard. No one helped him with his dog. The animal control officer drove up and helped Muzzi load Miller.
Muzzi said at that point he didn’t know who had shot his dog until the investigator came up to his car and apologized.
“He said my dog tried to attack him on the line and was vicious,” Muzzi said. “I repeated over and over that I didn’t understand. He was attached to a line. He said he didn’t see the line when he saw Miller, he said Miller was rushing towards him.” Rest of article.
Kingfish note: What will happen to cop? Fine? Slap on the wrist? Nothing? ________ needs to pay. Thug cops gonna thug cop. This particular officer was a thug cop.