BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Officers in Battle Creek say they shot a dog on Tuesday in an effort to end its suffering after it was hurt.
Battle Creek Police Department officers responded after a 54-year-old man shot a dog with a pellet gun and beat it with a baseball bat.
Officers said the dog looked like it was in pain, couldn’t stand and was having trouble breathing. A release from the city said the officers put the dog down immediately.
The city said police will not typically put down a wounded animal and will often take it to a vet. But in this case, the city said, officers decided the humane thing to do was end the dog’s suffering.
The man said the dog was being aggressive, which is why he beat and shot it. He was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.