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Group Walks With Its Dogs in Honor of Dog Shot and Killed By Police

Riley Major (left), one of Gunner’s owners, walked along with and her aunt during Sunday’s walk in Gunner’s honor.
“Karma,” a pit bull that was among the dogs walked Sunday in honor of Gunner, the Shepherd-Lab mix killed last Wednesday by Lebanon Police.
Scenes from Sunday’s walk in honor of Gunner, killed last Wednesday by Lebanon Police.
Scenes from Sunday’s walk in honor of Gunner, killed last Wednesday by Lebanon Police.
Scenes from Sunday’s walk in honor of Gunner, killed last Wednesday by Lebanon Police.
Gunner, seen in the Tiffany Lane backyard he entered after being set free from his backyard, minutes before he was shot and killed by Lebanon Police.

How angry are Lebanon citizens, in the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting of a dog by Lebanon Police?

The 15-month Shepherd-Lab mix named Gunner was let out of its backyard and ended up in another backyard at a home on Tiffany Lane, where the homeowner called police to come pick up the supposed stray.

Instead, police shot Gunner in the head because they thought he might attack them. The dog was wriggling and bit at a neck restraint, trying to get free from the catch pole that officers had put around his neck after using a taser to incapacitate him.

The entire police interaction, including the shooting, was captured on video by the woman who called police.

Sunday afternoon, a group of about 75 people, many accompanied by their dogs, walked from Monument Park to 8th and Cumberland, then back to the park after a short break.

The walk was organized by Jacobi Ortiz, who said he’s seen the video and Gunner should never have been shot by police:

As he walked a Pit Bull named “Karma,” Nathan Hollinger of Lebanon said there’s no way Gunner should be dead:

He believes the officer should be severely reprimanded:

One of Gunner’s owners, 15-year old Riley Major led the crowd as they walked.

She says her family is trying to deal with all of the emotions related to Gunner’s death:

Major said she wants to know why her dog had to be shot. Her mother, Jacklyn Shugart is contemplating legal action against the LPD for killing Gunner.