Since two inmates from a federal jail in Chicago escaped last week, authorities have been tracking down various leads. Police in Hazel Crest, IL suspected one of the escapees might be hiding in a home next door to Chanette Weaver. They apparently searched the home early on December 24 and found nothing. Ms. Weaver had let her obedience trained dog Kobi out into her fenced backyard while police were at the neighbor’s house. Suddenly, Ms. Weaver received a knock on the door from police advising her Kobi was dead.
Someone had apparently tampered with the gate to Ms. Weaver’s backyard that morning, although police say it was not them. A police report indicates Kobi came onto the sidewalk and growled at the officers, one of whom shot him three times.
Ms. Weaver suspects the officers had opened the gate to her backyard that morning after coming up empty in their search for the fugitive next door. She suspects they failed to secure the gate properly. And she finds it hard to believe Kobi made the officers fear for their safety to the point where lethal force was required.
“What’s the protocol? I mean, to shoot a dog three times? What about mace? It just doesn’t make sense,” Weaver said.
Hazel Crest police gave Ms. Weaver the bad news about Kobi along with a ticket for having a loose dog with no tags. Kobi’s Christmas present was wrapped beneath the tree. Watch the video at the link to see a clip of the family singing Happy Birthday to Kobi in September. The family has retained the services of an attorney in the matter.
(Thank you Clarice for sending me this link.)