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cop charged with felony for killing therapy dog
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The Commerce City, Colorado police officer who killed Chloe last month has been charged with animal cruelty. Officer Robert Price was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a class six felony.

The incident occurred on November 24, when owner Gary Branson dropped Chloe off at a relative’s house while he went out of town for Thanksgiving. She left Chloe in her garage when she went out shopping, but the dog tripped the sensor and opened the door. Police received a call from neighbor Kenny Collins, who said there was a large, aggressive pit bull-mix (chocolate Lab mix, according to Branson) wandering around, barking at his windows. Police arrived with animal control, and Collins’ son began filming the event on his cell phone.

“He’s basically back in the garage or whatever, staying away from the police,” Collins said.

Collins said that Chloe just sat in the garage near her bed for about half an hour while the officers scratched their heads, thinking what to do. Chloe must have attempted to get back out, because one of the officers used his Taser on her twice, forcing her back inside. Scared, Chloe tried to escape again, but was shot by Price. The animal control officer finally got the wounded dog on the catch pole, but Price shot her four more times, finally ending her life.

Commerce City Police issued a statement that read: “An animal control agent was able to place a ‘catch pole’ around the dog’s neck.

The pit bull remained extremely agitated and continued to attempt to attack the animal control agent.

Due to the dog’s size and aggressive demeanor, it could not be controlled on the catch pole.

For the safety of the animal control agent and the community, a police officer shot and killed the dog.”

Collins said that from the video, you could tell Chloe was just scared and trying to run away from danger.

“I totally disagree with it, totally,” he said. “The dog was not attacking people and that’s not what I said when I called 911.”

Branson is devastated at the loss of his dog, who had been a therapy dog to him since he underwent heart surgery in 2008.

“She was my constant companion pretty much 24/7.

And there’s never been any incidents where she was violent or aggressive,” Branson said. “She was as gentle as a lamb.

She loved kids.

She loved running around with them, playing with them.

She’d let them ride on her like a horse, bounce on her, pull her ears, and she never once did anything to harm a child – or an adult. She was just a loving, loving animal who loved attention. It didn’t matter from who.”

After a thorough investigation, the Adams County District Attorney charged price with cruelty to animals. The cell phone video, which went viral, has been a key piece of evidence, along with witness accounts. A necropsy was also performed. Branson is considering taking legal action against the Commerce City Police Department.

“They had the opportunity to do the right thing – to own their mistake, to apologize for that mistake. And they didn’t,” said Branson’s attorney, Jennifer Edwards.

“So now I think they need to change their ways within that police department. Obviously, there’s something wrong in the culture there.

In three months, we’ve gone to trial on one dog getting shot, and now we have another one needlessly murdered. Something has to change.”

It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
The neighbor *did* say the dog was aggressive, at least according to the text above.

Shows we should be careful exactly how we word a 911 call.

I watched part of the video, but the dude couldn't keep his camera still so I couldn't watch the whole thing. Plus the dog was just standing there in the I knew it was about to be a really stupid and senseless thing the cops were going to do....didn't want to watch. Aggressive dogs don't just stand there.
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Probably time for new psych qualifications for the po-po!
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This is why we all need to remember, only the police and military should be allowed guns...

I really hate liberals and I hate dog shootin' cops just slightly less.
Some people need to read this book:

You know, if the dog is back on his bed.. at his "home", how is this really that big of a problem? Call the home owner, tell them what is going on, and maybe try to fence the dog into the garage in the interim. Problem solved, dog alive.

The dog probably attacked because he was being trapped in the garage by strangers (too close to his "den" for comfort), was SHOT by them when we wanted to move around outside the garage, and had a noose put around his neck. If this happened to any of us, do you think we might act a little bit aggressive?
If I were the animal control officer I would be pissed.

That dog was a little too close to her to have shots fired at the dog. If they had given the dog a moment, he might have calmed down. I agree that having a noose around it's neck and pulled out of his comfort zone is what caused him to struggle.

If she couldn't handle the dog, maybe she she shouldn't be in animal control. She also could have passed the pole off to one of the cops that had more strength.

I'm glad to see that something is finally being done to address the trigger happy cops that are going around killing pets.
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At least the officer made it safely home.

What an ass.
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