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Chief Says Officer Followed Protocol After Kewanee Police Shoot Dog

KEWANEE (WEEK) — Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley says his officer was forced to use his gun after a dog captured in body cam footage got too close. The police were called to the 600 block of East Fifth Street last Friday after reports of a dog running in the street and charging at people.

Ainley says his officer had already made several attempts that day to capture the pit bull.

“When a dog approaches like that, having someone who’s done it several times it doesn’t always work as easily as it sounds,” said Ainley.

Loretta Vanwynesberg lives across the street and said her boyfriend called 911 after the dog came onto their porch.

“Next thing you know I heard [my boyfriend] on the porch saying go home, go home, so I come to the door, and when I come to the door, he said do not come outside, if I move I’m going to get bit,” said Vanwynesberg.

“If it was me, to be honest with ya, if it was me, I would have done the same thing, I would have shot the dog because it looked like he was actually going to attack,” she added.

Police say the dog did survive. The owner, Jessica Smith, is now being charged with letting a dog run with letting a dog run at large. She did not respond when reached for comment.

Andy Weber

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