Commerce City Police dog shooting: Owner devastated, confused by pit bull label
|A photo of Chloe provided to Fox31 by Gary Branson.|
And that's not to mention a previous, and heavily publicized, dog shooting by a Commerce City police officer -- one that took place in 2010 and spurred a lawsuit.
Here's a description of the shooting courtesy of Wheat Ridge's Animal Law Center, which filed the suit:
On February 3, 2010, Officer [Suzanne] Barber arrived at the Agazio family home to investigate an accidental 911 call made by the Plaintiff, Frank Agazio. Officer Barber entered the fenced yard with her gun drawn, according to a witness. Zoey, a 30 pound mixed breed dog with no history of aggressive or vicious behavior, began barking and approached Officer Barber. When Zoey was approximately 20 feet away from Barber, the officer shot and killed the animal. Immediately upon hearing the shot, Frank Agazio stepped outside of the home to investigate. Officer Barber then pointed her weapon at Agazio and ordered him to retreat.The incident, and the suit, got plenty of attention; see a 9News video from 2010 below. But the aforementioned Commerce City release notes that even though the incident was "portrayed poorly by the media," a jury "later determined the officers' actions were justified."
Nonetheless, the release goes on, the incident spurred a policy change. Now, all members of the Commerce City Police Department, including the officers who responded to the 911 call about Chloe, attend "mandatory training on dog encounters," including "how to approach dogs and how to read their behavior."
Despite such preparation, the video about the latest matter guarantees the story will linger, and prompt debate.
Look below to see a report about the shooting of Chloe, followed by a 2010 report about the previous incident.
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