12/04/2012 11:03 am ET

Couple Says Officer Shot Their Puppy, Then Wrote Parking Ticket

UPTOWN — Colonel Phillips is a 20-pound, 6-month-old miniature bull terrier whose family thought he was destined for dog show fame. Now, he could suffer a permanent limp after being shot by a Chicago police officer Saturday.

World Gym Chicago owners Al and Barbara Phillips said their pup is recovering from surgery to remove a bullet that was lodged in his back left paw and bullet fragments that pierced his belly.

Phillips said he was inside his house about 3 p.m. Saturday with family when a neighbor told him that a police officer was ticketing his van. It was parked in his driveway but blocking part of the sidewalk.

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