Durban - Phoenix resident Bernstein Reddy returned home last week to find his five-year-old German shepherd dog dead - shot and killed by an on-duty policeman who thought the dog was going to attack him when he entered Reddy’s yard.
Reddy, who was not home when the shooting took place, said one of his employees was parking a work vehicle in his driveway when a dog from across the road ran through the open gate.
His employee told him that the intruding dog, which belonged to the policeman’s girlfriend, started fighting with his German shepherd, named Tyson.
The dogs had made their way to the backyard as they fought, and the driver followed them. The policeman had also followed his girlfriend’s dog with the aim of retrieving it.
In an attempt to separate the animals, Reddy’s employee threw water on the dogs, which then separated.