LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) - A utility worker will not face charges for shooting and killing a man's dog in Livonia.
Friday morning a Metro Engineering Solutions worker was on Angling Street doing work for AT&T. The worker says the dog lunged at him while he was in the yard next door so he shot it.
The prosecutor is not pursuing charges and said on Monday that the worker had a right to be on the property. And when the dog charged at him, he had no way of knowing an electric fence was in place to stop it.
They suggest the dog owner handle the matter in civil court.
The dog owner's brother Doug Eiben says he demanded the worker's information, but he refused leading him to call police.
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"I would like to do same thing to him," said dog owner Michael Eiben to FOX 2 last week. "But that won't justify anything."
The dog, Katie, now has a final resting place is in the backyard of the family's home. The family says life will never be the same without her
"It was a loving pet, it was a kid," Doug said. "You can't replace him."
AT&T released a company statement about the incident by Marty Richter for corporate communications:
"1. We expect our employees to comply with all applicable laws.
2. We are aware of the situation, reviewing the circumstances and surrounding facts, and conducting our own investigation. Once that investigation is complete, the Company will determine whether any additional action regarding its employee is necessary.
3. We've instructed our employee to fully comply with local police in all respects, if requested.
4. The Company is also prepared to fully cooperate with the police, if requested.
5. At this stage, the Company has not been advised by the police as to whether they believe that any laws have been violated.
6. If and when such a determination is made, the Company will be prepared to take that fact into consideration."