The owner of the dog, Darryl Lindsay, says it's a violation of his civil rights as details are laid out in a 19-page lawsuit against the city of Detroit and a police officer. The incident was captured on police dash cam.
Officers were searching for a suspected shooter and ended up shooting the family pet. The dog's name was Babycakes, the family pet seen here with her owner Darryl Lindsay.
A police officer shot and killed the dog while trying to track down a suspected shooter.
"What we want is a figure to ensure this never happens again in the city of Detroit," said attorney Chris Olson.
It happened on January 31 on the northwest side of Detroit as police dispatch receives a disturbing call from an officer.
"Shots are coming from a yard."
Officer Darrell Dawson was one of first on the scene relaying info back to dispatch.
"We got a dog in the driveway of this location," he said.
On the police dash cam, you can see the dog on a 10-foot chain walking past the downspout of the home. You can also see Dawson, standing feet away from the dog.
"The dog is chained up in the driveway," Dawson says on the video. "I'm in the rear of the location. I'm going to take this dog down."
Two shots are fired. The first hits the French Mastiff in the chest. The second comes 30 seconds later in the side of animal.
Police were under the impression that someone was firing at them, so they tried to get access to the backyard.
"Whatever he was looking for in the back of the house," Olson said. "He could of just went the other way and skipping the shooting the dog part."
It is an opinion shared by another member of Detroit police and can be heard on police microphones at the scene.
"the dog didn't have s**t to do with it," she says.
FOX 2's Dave Spencer arrived minutes later to the scene after the dog is taken by her owner to the vet.
No police at the location would talk about what happened.
Spencer did speak to a woman at the house that day who couldn't understand why their dog, tied up to a fence, would be shot and killed.
"You have to take reasonable steps," Olson said. "Which include doing things other than just blasting the dog off the map."
According to a police report, it found no violation by the officer saying police could use deadly force if they feel threatened.
The city was just served with the lawsuit and hasn't had a chance to review the allegations. It now has a month to respond to the lawsuit.
The attorney says no one has reached out to the family to apologize or offer any explanation of why the family pet was shot and killed.