(iWIDK By Allie Beauregard) – A loose fugitive started a chase that ended with the loss of an innocent family pet.
On Christmas Eve, at about 6:50 a.m. in Hazel Crest, Ill., Channette Weaver and her family received the news that Chicago police had shot and killed their 70 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback named Kobi, claiming that while they were searching for prison-escapee Kenneth Conley next door, the dog attacked them inside the Weaver’s fenced-in yard.
The Weaver’s were heartbroken – and very suspicious - as their 6-year-old pet had excelled in obedience school and didn’t see why their private yard had been invaded.
“What’s the protocol? I mean, to shoot a dog three times? What about mace? It just doesn’t make sense,” Channette told CBS.
She also recalled the officers responsible for the shooting to have passed on the news in a very “heartless” manner.”
While surely the original intent of entering the Weaver yard was not to cause harm to Kobi, the tragic end results have convinced the family that they need a lawyer.