Two dogs killed by cops in Commerce City, site of two earlier officer-shoots-dog incidents

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Near the scene of last night's shooting. Videos and more photos below.
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.

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.

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Elena Nunez spoke to 9News, which shot her in silhouette at her request.
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.

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?"

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The dog killed in a 2010 incident.
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:
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.

Continue for more about dog shootings by Commerce City police officers, including additional photos and videos.



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fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

I can't help but think that the propensity for cops to shoot dogs is a result of their training - and desire - to "command and control." It should not take special training for a cop to visually ascertain whether an approaching, barking dog is a serious threat or a noisy nuisance. The cops' claims of "feeling threatened" lose much veracity considering that cops have shot tiny Pomeranians, hyper and noisy Jack Russells and lumbering, arthritic elderly Labs. Yes, any dog can bite, but there is no excuse for unnecessarily ushooting dogs just to "control" the situation.


The recent shooting of the two allegedly attacking dogs may well be legitimate. However, due to the dishonorable and unnecessary execution of dogs by Commerce City cops in the past, the cops have forfeited their presumption of honesty in the court of public opinion.

JimTom
JimTom

Still no mention of the idiots that were ticketed for having an aggressive dog. Not to mention running the streets free to attack. My dog has been attacked twice while on a leash, I now carry a BB gun to keep my dog safe at the park and on the street. If you are going to let your dog run uncontrolled, I am certainly going to protect my dog and myself.

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

I don't know any of the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, so can't comment on it.

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

John Wolfe, that is so true. I watched a beloved family pet, German Shepherd, MAUL her human best buddy, while in "fight mode." Dog fights are ridiculously dangerous to EVERY ONE around. These hosted dog-fights are fight until one dog dies or they both pass out from exhaustion. "Fight mode" is crazy dangerous.

Peter Handler
Peter Handler

combination of over zealous trigger happy Nazi storm troopers and stupid beaners thinking they're in a rap video so they get dogs niggers have. headline should be thug pig shoots thug dog. #stopanimalonanimalviolence

John Zinn
John Zinn

Something should have been said and done in 2010 now another family has lost two of their "children". How would you feel?

Meggan Gossage
Meggan Gossage

if a dog attacks you or your family your opinion might be a little different. also if you hate cops when you have a problem don't call them for help. at the end of the day the owner should have their dogs under control they didn't not the cops fault. they may have saved that ladies life that's their job.. saving people's lives! yes they write tickets and arrest people lesson of the day don't be an asshole and don't break the law. cops are only intimidating if your doing something wrong. they are people too its just a job.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

It seems the dogs had a history of violence and should they just let the women continue to be attacked? is her life not more important. If you heard from her friend they were repeatedly biting her.

Tom O'Halloran
Tom O'Halloran

Dim-witted scumbags with way too much power and lots to prove. Makes me vomit every time I see one strutting around with their hands in the ready position on their duty belts, usually intimidating grandma or a soccer mom on a traffic stop.

Billy Scott
Billy Scott

Whatever the people of communist city know our cops are dirty. We live with it

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cowardly Trigger Happy Scumbags with badges and guns.


Commerce City DESERVES these violent asswipes, for tolerating, worshiping and paying these violent asswipes.

Lindsey Scott
Lindsey Scott

I thought tasers would make us safer. Why resort to a gun? Bullets stray. Besides the dog's life, it's dangerous. For shame.

Liv Michaelson
Liv Michaelson

In this day and age, police don't defend innocent people. They arrive after the fact and arrest the guilty.

JimTom
JimTom

Not a single post questioning why the dogs were running loose and able to attack the women and her dog. If your dogs are not outside uncontrolled they probably won't get shot. 

Eric Matthews
Eric Matthews

Wasn't their a bill passed last year that required ALL officers in Colorado to go through special training to stop this shit from happening? I'm almost positive the mayor of Denver even signed the bill bc he is a dog lover. Wtf?

Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone

Fuck cops who shoot dogs. If I witness something like this I will also be arrested.

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

I wish Westword used paper that was a bit softer because I would use it to wipe my ass with. If you people have not figured out what they are doing by now you really should give it some thought. They are taking a page right out of FOXnews, and the Blaze in reguards to using scare tactics to worry the paranoid, and gullable, and anybody who may be anti-government. Any critical thinker can see what they are attempting to do. All the silly little stories about stop light cameras, cops shooting dogs, tax money being used for marijuana awareness. The list goes on.

Heather McCubbin Johnson
Heather McCubbin Johnson

Hope none of you ever need a cop around to defend your life or that of a loved one. I know no cop that wants to shoot an animal. Try training as a cop before you arm chair quarterback! It amazes me how many judge but have never put on a duty belt and done the job! Plus having several days instead of seconds to analyze a situation must be nice!

John Wolfe
John Wolfe

I am a dog lover. I've always had a canine companion, always trained well. That said, let me ask two questions: 1) Any of you ever try to break up a dog fight? Ever try to get two dogs (say, like a Rottweiler) off of another dog? 2) shouldn't whoever owned those two dogs have had control over them?

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

This kind of thing happens everywhere. And it's because most cops are knuckle dragging apes with shaved heads and PMS.

Betty Miller
Betty Miller

So unnecessary. Obviously their "training" wasn't enough.

Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

If we cant kill a dog that belongs to the police, they shouldn't be able to kill the People's dogs.

Justin Harned
Justin Harned

It takes a special kind of person to have the ability to shoot a dog. Why is it that these special types of people always end up as police officers?

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

i see that police shoot dogs, unarmed men, deer. all things the public would do years in prison for yet they barely get sited. it's time to slow the powers of law and government. time for these bullies to be stopped now before they take the 2nd amendment away... and we are all in danger of a cop having a bad day

vigilens
vigilens

@JimTom in the 2010 case i can see the misconduct, but as for the two vicious dogs attacking the smaller one, they needed shot in the head. 

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Bollocks. One does not have to "put on a duty belt" and costume to form an opinion. For which police union are you shilling?

Scizmz
Scizmz

Why is it we can send 18  and 19 year old kids overseas with automatic weapons, and hold them to the standard of "Do not fire unless fired upon".  Meanwhile, "officers" in the states go around shooting children and animals left and right and it's OK.

JAY5155
JAY5155

Wrong. They don't get in trouble for shooting family pets like they would for shooting a human family member. This is just another way for cops to engage in vigilante justice without having to explain themselves, and still putting the hurt on the family, since animals are members of the family to them, but courts only consider them property.


Cop shoots dog, ruins family, cop says he felt threatened and is protected from breaking the rules. Cops get their 'revenge' on the 'offender' without having to explain themselves. 


Those damn criminal dogs and their 'furtive gestures'.

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