Feds, Reporter Dispute Incident Over Shot FBI Dog

By Andrew Gauthier 

Detroit Free Press

Federal authorities say a Detroit television reporter tried to use underhanded means to gain access to a Madison Heights veterinarian clinic where an FBI dog was being treated for mortal wounds resulting from a shootout with the leader of an Islamic fundamentalist group.

But television station executives and the repoter disputed that.


The owner of the Veterinary Emergency Service in Madison Heights said WDIV-TV (Local 4) reporter Natalie Sentz told the manager that she had been sent to the facility Wednesday by the FBI to make arrangements for disposing of the dogs remains.

“She came in and said, ‘I talked to Sandra and I’m here to make arrangements for the dog,’,” Richard Lanier said today, a possible reference to Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold. He based his comments on interviews with employees.

Lanier said the clinic manager, believing Sentz either was an FBI agent or acting at the agency’s direction, started down a hallway toward the emergency room with Sentz in tow. More…