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Residents voice concerns over police-involved shooting of puppy

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A meeting was held Thursday night in Uptown for people who are furious over a dog shot by police where residents voiced their concerns to the cops themselves.

The meeting started about 7 p.m. and lasted about an hour and while the new police commander was introduced to residents, he did talk about a slight increase in gang activity, robberies and burglaries but most of the meeting was spent talking about the police-involved shooting of a prized puppy.

While cameras weren't allowed inside the CAPS meeting, residents voiced their concerns about what they called excessive force.

The new commander told them the shooting was unfortunate but don't rush to judgment on the officer. Any time they feel their life is being threatened, that officer can use whatever force necessary.

"They asked basic questions just to see how much I actually observed. I gave honest answers," Todd Maclay said, who witnessed the shooting.

Todd Maclay met with the independent police review authority earlier today and told everything he saw. Anytime a Chicago police officer fired their weapon, the shooting is investigated.

Saturday afternoon while an officer was writing a ticket in the 800 block of Buena, the owner ran out to move his vehicle but his dog, a 7-month old miniature bull terrier, followed him.

When the officer yelled to the owner, "get your dog," seconds later the 29-pound puppy was laying in the street. The Colonel had been shot two times.

The owners says her dog underwent five hours of surgery before going home but Thursday, because of severe bleeding, The Colonel is back in the hospital.

He needed some fluids, some better pain management, a lot of swelling in his leg so I'm hoping to pick him up tomorrow," said Morgan Phillips, the dog's owner.

Phillips was at the CAPS meeting Thursday night with her attorney. She says she did not expect any answers to some of the tough questions because of the pending litigation but she did say that it would have been nice to hear the words "I'm sorry."

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