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Man tries to retrieve dog shot and killed by RPD, police say it's not his dog

Posted at: 01/14/2013 2:37 PM
Updated at: 01/14/2013 5:32 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

A man in Greece is distraught over the death of his dog. The dog was shot and killed by Rochester Police last week and all he wants is for them to give him the remains. But the police won't do it.  He didn't understand why, so he called News10NBC for help.

The man went to the shelter looking to get his dog back, but he was turned away again without a reason why. So News10NBC went to bat for him with the Rochester Police Chief. It turns out there's a plausible explanation and it's a good lesson for anyone that buy dogs in an unconventional way.

Steven Benus-Jodoin, dog owner said, “I really don't know what to say. It's been a long week and I love that dog with all my heart.”

News10NBC was with Steven Benus-Jodoin as he went back to the city's animal shelter, trying to take possession of his dead dog, Codi. The Rochester Police Department confirms that Codi was shot and killed by one of their officers last Tuesday.

Ten minutes after he went in, Steven was back outside.

Benus-Jodoin said, “I was just told by Tom Shannon that they won't release the dog's remains and he said he's under orders from the Rochester Police not to say anything else.”

Last Tuesday, police say they got a call for a loose dog at Charlotte Beach.
While they were tracking it down, it was hit by a police car after the dog ran in front of it. The chief says they finally cornered the dog at the pier. It was aggressive so they shot it. But News10NBC wanted to know why Steven still can't get the body.

Chief James Sheppard, Rochester Police, said, “First of all it is because the person who claims to be the owner of the dog is not the owner of the dog. We believe the dog was taken from a residence over on Miller Street without the owner's consent.”

Steven says he bought the dog from a person on Miller Street for $5.
News10NBC tried but couldn't track the seller down. Steven says he's had it for a year and a half.

Chief James Sheppard said, “He does have pictures of it due to the fact that he took the dog and claimed it as his own. It does belong to a different person.”

Most dog owners have ample proof of ownership such as the dog license, the tag and the receipts from the vaccinations. If you buy your dog the non-traditional way, you need to get proof that it's your dog.

The owners of Miller Street have not come forward as far as police know. If they don't, the dog will probably be cremated unless the police have a change of heart.