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Family Claims Detroit Cops Laughed After Their Two Dogs Were Shot By Neighbor Who Also Opened Fire At Them

"We're doing everything that we can."

July 19, 2019 - 2:11 pm

(WWJ) A bloody and dramatic post spreading through social media claims that a Detroit neighbor, unprovoked, shot at two of the dogs in their fenced yard next door, and then shot at the owners who rushed out to rescue them.

And police, the post says, laughed at the victims when they tried to get help.

The post says the neighbors were so scared they moved into a motel while veterinarians work to save their dogs, one of whom was seriously injured by gunfire.

A detective, though, say there's more to the story than the part that's getting eyeballs on Facebook. The post has nearly 600 comments and 1,000 shares.

And police are frustrated by the accusations against them.

"We have been actively investigating this case," Lt. Michael Donovan with the 8th Precinct told WWJ, adding his phone has been ringing off the hook since the pictures were put on Facebook. "We've had these folks in here to talk to them. There are cross complaints going between them (the neighbors)."

Donovan said he's working with the public information officer to release more details, but until then the public should know, "We're doing everything that we can."

As for the claims that no one responded to the 911 call and that the responding officer laughed when the victims showed up at the precinct demanding action, Donovan said only that he wasn't there so he can't comment.

More information is expected to come later.

The dog meanwhile is recovering. He has an infection and bruising, but he's a "fighter" and will survive; The second dog, the one with the flesh wound, is fine, according to Theresa Sumpter, founder of the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.

Sumpter said she believes the victims about the lack of police interest in their case and said it's not the first time someone has been laughed at when trying to file a complaint about a dog injury.

"Police were never dispatched that night," said, adding, "Police feel like there's other things more important. There were shots fired. You cannot pull out a gun and shoot at someone's pet. You cannot do that. We're big police supporters here,  but wrong is wrong. it is against the law to discharge a firearm in someone's backyard. What if there was a child in the backyard? Dogs were shot, and it could have resulted in something even worse than that. In this particular case, they have failed miserably at serving and protecting."