TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa family is looking for answers after their dog was shot by a police officer.
According to the Tulsa World, a police officer shot a loose dog outside of a Tulsa home Thursday evening.
Hank, a 35-pound mixed breed dog, had escaped from the Belanger’s backyard when he allegedly attacked a woman who was walking her dog.
Officer Leland Ashley told the Tulsa World that a woman pepper-sprayed the dog after he allegedly attacked her.
The woman reported the incident to police.
When police officer Don Chandler arrived to the scene, he said the dog “became aggressive.”
After yelling at the dog to stop, Chandler shot the animal two times.
Matthew Belanger, Hank’s owner, says the official retelling of the events is questionable.
“I just can’t believe my dog attacked someone. It goes against everything I’ve ever seen him do,” Belanger told the Tulsa World. “I imagine he probably ran up to her because he wanted to get petted. That’s what he does. After he was pepper-sprayed, I don’t know what his reaction would be.”
If Hank really did become aggressive towards the woman and police officer, Belanger says he agrees with the officer’s decision to shoot him.
“I understand that a human life is more valuable than my dog’s life. I completely understand that,” he said. “I trust the police. I trust that they’re here to protect us. It’s just hard for me to believe that this was the only option available — to shoot a dog that had only loved people his entire life.”