- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka police officer fatally shot a retired judge’s dog while responding to a security alarm that activated at the home, the department said.

The police department said in a statement Monday that an officer shot the canine twice after it began charging at him in an aggressive manner last month in the backyard of the judge’s home. The 26-pound, miniature pinscher-boxer mix named Josie belonged to Harriette Macnish and her husband, James Macnish, a retired Shawnee County district judge.

Harriette Macnish said she couldn’t blame Josie if she confronted the officer because the officer was a stranger to her.

“She was a wonderful watch dog - anything but fierce - but if anybody was around that she didn’t know, she made noise,” Macnish said.

She said Monday that she found some consolation in Josie’s death from neighbors and friends, along with two Topeka officers who came by her home to share their condolences.

The police department said the officer was responding to a residential alarm, which turned out to be false, at the house and went to the backyard to ensure that it was secure. The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1OMVeNW ) reports that the department redacted the officer’s name throughout an incident report it released but appeared to have neglected to redact his signature at the bottom.

Macnish said it was officer Michael Cruse who fatally shot Josie in her backyard.

Macnish said that on July 13, the alarm company telephoned her daughter in Illinois who called her to say police were on her property. She said she had just exited her home after learning about the activated alarm and started toward the backyard, arriving just after Cruse shot Josie.

“At least he killed her,” Macnish said. “She didn’t suffer.”

Macnish said Josie wore a collar linked to a buried electrical line that administered an electrical shock if the dog crossed specific boundaries in the backyard, which Macnish said Josie was careful not to do.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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