Officer Robert Price faces animal cruelty felony charges for shooting Chloe the dog

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Chloe
As we reported earlier this month, the shooting of Chloe, the beloved dog of Gary Branson, has caused quite a stir. The incident was caught on video, and footage showing an officer firing shots at the dog five times has led to an outpouring of support on a petition page and a Justice for Chloe Facebook page. And now the Adams County District Attorney's office has announced that Robert Price, the officer, is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty.

Branson's attorney tells us that this kind of charge is unprecedented, and hopes it will send a clear message to enforcement agencies across the state that cruelty against animals cannot be tolerated.

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Screenshot showing officers trying to wrangle Chloe before she was shot.
The officer in question is being placed on paid administrative leave and others involved are currently not on patrol, according to a Commerce City officials.

Yesterday, the District Attorney's office sent out this statement, which the Justice for Chloe Facebook page also published:

Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced today that his office has made the filing decision concerning the shooting of a dog by Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price on November 24, 2012. On November 27th, the Commerce City Police Department requested the District Attorney's Office conduct an independent investigation into the shooting. In the last three weeks, District Attorney Investigators have:
• Reviewed in detail the reports by the responding officers, both police and animal control officers
• Canvassed the neighborhood where the shooting occurred for additional witnesses concerning the dog being loose and/or being shot
• Interviewed 15 additional witnesses
• Investigated the scene of the shooting
• Collected evidence from the scene and from additional witnesses
• Received and reviewed the video of the shooting
• Received and reviewed the 911 tape concerning the dog being loose
• Attended the necropsy of the dog at CSU's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and had a forensic pathologist who is an expert in gunshot wounds participate in the necropsy.
Based on our investigation, the District Attorney is charging Officer Price with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals pursuant to C.R.S. §18-9-202(1.5)(b). This offense is a class six felony. Other aspects of the case are still under investigation and no other charging decisions have been made, and therefore there will be no further statements from the District Attorney's Office at this time.

Chloe was temporarily staying at a house in Commerce City, which instituted a pit bull ban several years ago, when she snuck out of a garage. A neighbor called the authorities and recorded subsequent events on a cell-phone camera. Chloe was tased by a policeman and snared on a catch pole.

After the incident, Chloe was widely reported to have been a pit bull, but when Animal Law Center attorney and founder Jennifer Edwards took on the case, she told us that Chloe is a "mixed-breed dog" and said that the city was engaging in "puppy profiling."

The charging of the officer is a huge victory that she never expected, Edwards says: "It's a small step for man, but it's a huge leap for animals. It really is."

Continue for more of our interview with Jennifer Edwards and the response from Commerce City.

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91 comments
rolex1961
rolex1961

The FOP "Show of Support for Wrongfully Accused Commerce City Officer" Intimidation by the gang in blue.

Ray Olivencia
Ray Olivencia

Fuck yeah...it's called cruelty to animals..

Kat Wolff
Kat Wolff

He should be shot himself. Enough said.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

Yes, he should be fired. Yes, he should be charged with a felony. And no, he should not be allowed to own animals or firearms.

Ron Peterson
Ron Peterson

yer darn right he does what a scum bag he was niether protecting or serving just some rambo bs

Casey Cassity
Casey Cassity

If you shoot a police dog or horse you are charged with shooting a police officer so...

Greg Sheets
Greg Sheets

I saw the video of the shooting.....absolutely shocking the way this "officer" behaved.....he should loose his job for reckless endangerment to the neighborhood and forced to clean out animal stalls as community service, wearing an orange jumpsuit of course.

Anthony Jackson
Anthony Jackson

@Chad Almquist, This event was not a murder. Definition of Murder: The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.

Tommy James
Tommy James

ABSOLUTELY. The sad part is he will plea out to a misdemeanor and get probation. Hopefully he loses his job!

Brian Rouse
Brian Rouse

He better be glad that wasn't my Doberman, cause I would've shot his ass. F'ing prick deserves the felony charge for sure

Chad Almquist
Chad Almquist

Yes it is. Murder is murder. Which last time I checked is a felony.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Echo...echo...echo...echo...

Tarik Ocon
Tarik Ocon

What would the charge be if it were a police dog? That is the proper charge.

Bernadette Trujillo
Bernadette Trujillo

If Denver would lift the ban and educate the public that not every pit bull is " vicious" we as a community could avoid tragic events like this.he shot the poor dog because Denver gives the message that this breed of dog is dangerous when any animal could be.maybe they should make a example out of him and what some cop losses job and picks up charges how is that helping.

The Gay Vegans
The Gay Vegans

Yes. No one was in a life-threatening situation. There was no need to shoot.

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

Yes. And for his punishment he should escape from his garage and then be excessively shot by the dog's owner for being a threat to every dog in the county.

Steven Tillinghast
Steven Tillinghast

We have 9 of the 12 person jury we need right here in this comment section.

Becky Bex
Becky Bex

Yes! that happened when i lived in commerce city! a cop shot my neighbors old rotty....infront of all the neighborhood kids!!! the dog wasn't doing anything!!!!

Billy Overin
Billy Overin

Make an example of him.... as prosecutors and police are always attempting to make of citizens.

CloudGang
CloudGang

Cellular  phone footage constantly shows police officers (as well as others) killing innocent people. Yet we(I mean some of you) continue to allow this corruption.

Now a dog has been over killed, and we demand justice and have multiple witnesses, and toss out a felony to the officer

Had the officer killed the dogs owner instead he'd still have a job. ROOKIE

STUPID PIGS ARE AS STUPID PIGS DO  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Had that been my 'Clyde Monster' shot & killed,  this would be an obituary for a dead cop !.....

skywishes
skywishes

@Anthony Jackson I dont see you as a human ;) but i see my dog as one 

so i guess .. well where are we standing on this ;) 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@anonymous You obviously KNOW Steve, and I don't respond to 'anonymous', seeking info on ANYONE other than myself. 

Do the inquiry 'yourself '.

Look into the mirror and ask 'yourself ',

 " Steve, why am I bothering Tyler ?... "

Answer your OWN question .........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@anonymous Must be love . I'd be forced to lie . Will he ever get a break from the 'life-sucking-outta'ya' NORM, which he unluckily seems to ALWAYS attract ?

Here's an idea, ruin each-other's lives ...

Good luck !  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@anonymous 

Business or Love ? You have my curiosity ....

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