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Police Fatally Hits Husky About to be Adopted
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- Husky dog lovers were howling mad over what they claimed was insensitive and rude treatment by a police officer.
The Siberian Life Line Fund said a couple that was about to adopt a rescued dog was devastated by what happened after their dog was hit by a police cruiser.
Cassie Sarber said she and her boyfriend were taking their dogs, Lilly and Dominoe, for a walk in their south side neighborhood when Lilly slipped out of the collar and ran down the street.
Before they could get her back on the leash, a Columbus Police officer's cruiser struck and killed the dog.
"Every bone in her body was broken," Sarber said. "She had tire tracks on her."
ABC 6/FOX 28 is not naming the officer because he has not been charged with a crime or reprimanded in an Internal Affairs investigation.
We reached out to the officer but he did not want to talk about what happened.
Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said the officer was on a domestic dispute call when he hit the husky.
"The officer went above and beyond what he is required to do," said Weiner. "He did not violate policy."
The officer did call the couple to alert them about the accident because their phone number was on the Husky's other collar.
But Tiffany Speegle with the Rescue Group said they think the officer did not value the pet's life and told her, "It was just a dog. What do you want me to do?"
The couple said they were devastated by the loss of Lilly and hope other families would not experience the "callous" behavior of the officer.