Two dogs killed by cops in Commerce City, site of two earlier officer-shoots-dog incidents
In 2010 and again in 2012, Commerce City police officers shot and killed dogs. The incidents were mired in controversy -- and a lawsuit is still pending in the latter, involving a dog named Chloe whose death helped inspire a bill signed into law last year that requires police to be trained in handling dog-related calls.
Near the scene of last night's shooting. Videos and more photos below.
Now, two more dogs have been shot to death by Commerce City police, and the owner is pissed. See photos, video and more below.
According to 9News, two Commerce City officers were responding to a call when they saw a woman with a small dog near East 60th Avenue and Newport Street being attacked by two larger dogs -- one a Rottweiler, the other described as mixed breed.
After failing to separate the dogs, an officer used his firearm to shoot and kill the two attacking dogs.
At this stage of the investigation, Commerce City Police Department representatives say they have no indication that the officers on the scene did anything wrong. They add that the two cops have gone through the sort of dog-related training mandated in Senate Bill 13-226, the legislation noted earlier; we've included the document below.
Elena Nunez spoke to 9News, which shot her in silhouette at her request.
Nonetheless, Elena Nunez, the dog's owner, remains "upset, angry," as she told 9News in a clip also shared here. (As you can see in the image above, Nunez asked that her face not be shown in the footage.) "There was no need for that," she added. "Why couldn't they use a Taser or something? Why couldn't they use mace? Why'd they have to shoot them?"
Similar questions were asked about the 2010 dog killing in Commerce City. Here's how that incident was described in a lawsuit filed by Wheat Ridge's Animal Law Center:
The dog killed in a 2010 incident.
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.Nonetheless, a CCPD release noted that that even though the incident was "portrayed poorly by the media," a jury "later determined the officers' actions were justified."
A similar scenario played out two years later.
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