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Demonstration this Sunday for E.M. dog shot in the face

"Fisher" was shot June 16th by a R.I. County Sheriff's Deputy.

The pain is not over for a family whose dog was shot and killed in East Moline last month.

The local organization holding the memorial, and the sheriff's department in charge of the investigation, have very different views of what happened, and what should be done in the future.

An East Moline family's Rottweiler named Fisher, was shot by a Rock Island County sheriff's deputy on June 16th.

Now, a fun run, and demonstration in memory of fisher, is happening this weekend.

"The demonstration is basically to let the law enforcement know that this type of behavior is not accepted by the general public,” said Chris White of Bikers Against Breed Specific Legislation.

White’s organization is working to make sure what happened to Fisher, doesn't happen again.

"There are plenty of different ways that they could have handled any particular situation, any lethal situation,” said White.

According to the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, on June 16th, police got multiple calls of 2 Rottweilers running loose in an East Moline neighborhood.

The deputy corralled one of the dogs into his car but couldn't capture the other one.

When the second dog, Fisher, bit the deputy, he shot the Rottweiler in the face.

"The dog did exhibit aggressive behavior and attempt to bite our deputy,” said Rock Island County Deputy Jeff Boyd.

Sheriff Boyd said the department did evaluate its policies after the incident.

As far as shooting the dog, that was in accordance with policy.

However what happened afterwards, wasn't.

"In terms of our policy and procedure as it pertains to a dog that is so badly injured that I needs to be euthanized, we did not properly follow that policy and procedure," said Sheriff Boyd.

In his thirty years of service, Sheriff Boyd said this is the first time the department's had to put down a domesticated animal.

"One time is never acceptable.  There is absolutely no reason that any officer needs to draw his gun and shoot at an animal,” said White.

If you want to be a part of the fun run in memory of Fisher, that starts at Crabby's restaurant in Coal Valley Sunday morning at 10.

That will be followed by a peaceful demonstration at the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office at 11:30.

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