Maximus was Barbara Lewis’ best friend and he was lost at the hands of a Chester police officer on a recent Friday.
Lewis knew Maxi since he was a six week-old puppy, and his untimely end came when a Chester police officer arrived in the neighborhood with his K-9 Unit partner searching for a shooter.
The officer was going porch-to-porch in pursuit of a perpetrator and came upon the porch where Maxi was chained in place.
By nature, Lewis said, Akitas are territorial dogs. So, when another dog entered his territory, it came as no surprise that he locked onto the K-9 Unit partner in an act of defense.
To illustrate this, Lindsey Whitaker, Lewis’ sister, recalled a time when Maxi met one of his brothers for the first time as an adult.
When the two grown male dogs began to fight, that is when the owners realized Maxi was territorial, she said.
Lewis and Whitaker are both distraught over the loss of their family member. Not only was he a best friend to the family, Maxi was loved by the community.
“The whole neighborhood loved Maxi,” Whitaker tearfully said recently. “The officer’s defense was he had to protect his partner.”
While the cop identified his canine partner as a fellow officer, Whitaker argued that Maxi is a civilian.
Lewis said she was not home when the incident occurred, but came home to the grizzly sight of her son cleaning blood off the porch.
According to Lewis, Maxi’s remains were taken by the police, and she has not seen them since. When the officer disengaged the two dogs, he shot Maxi four times