MEDWAY, Maine — As Jake, a Labrador retriever mix shot by a police officer last week continues to heal, his owner Frank T. Bishop says he’s mulling an offer from the town of East Millinocket’s insurance company to pay the dog’s veterinary bills.
Trident Insurance Services sent a letter to Bishop dated Aug. 14, offering to cover a $1,026 invoice submitted to the town for emergency veterinary services to date.
“The town’s insurance company called me and said they were willing to pay his vet bills,” Bishop said Monday.
Bishop, however, said he wants insurance to cover all expenses until Jake recovers fully, as he he fears that complications from the shooting, such as infection, could end up costing him more than the initial invoice.
Officials from Trident and the town of East Millinocket didn’t immediately return telephone messages seeking comment on Monday.
The shooting occurred Aug. 9 at Bishop’s home, when Officer Anthony Redmond came to his house in response to a hit-and-run accident at Bangor Savings Bank on Aug. 9..
East Millinocket Police Chief Cameron McDunnah said that the dog was charging at Redmond when Redmond fired one shot. He described Redmond as an experienced officer who responded appropriately and only fired after repeatedly yelling to Bishop to call off his dog.
Bishop contested this account, saying the dog went through the door with him and that he did not hear Redmond say anything to him except to ask, “Are you Frank?”
Jake is healing well, Bishop said.
“He’s sleeping a lot but acting like nothing happened to him. I can’t even understand why. He is just a tough dog physically,” Bishop said.