Judge Upholds Verdict Awarding Over $60,000 To Family Whose Dog Was Shot By Police Officer

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The verdict has been upheld in the case of the shooting of Brandi, a chocolate lab, by police officers.

Back in April the jury had awarded $620,000 to the Jenkins family, $20,000 for

Brandi

veterinary bills and $600,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering. The judge did reduce the veterinary bills award to $7,500 due to the fact Maryland law caps damages at that amount. The upholding of the $600,000 for emotional damages is huge not only for the Jenkins family but for the law starting to view pets not just as property.

The shooting incident occurred back on January 9, 2010 when police officers came to the Jenkins’ home with a civil warrant for their son, who no longer lived at the resident.

Brandi bound out of the house to meet the officers when Deputy Timothy Brooks shot her. Brandi didn’t even get within three feet of the officer and had stopped barking when she was shot.

Brandi did survive the shooting but will need extensive ongoing medical care. Brooks was found to have unconstitutionally shot and grievously wounded the dog by the jury. In addition Brooks along with Deputy Nathan Rector were found to have unconstitutionally and illegally entered the Jenkins’ home. The two officers entered the home without permission after the Jenkins had left to rush Brandi to the veterinarian.

Cary Hansel, attorney for the Jenkins was very happy with the result not only for what was awarded to the Jenkins but because of what the case means for the legal community. “It’s one of the first cases in Maryland to recognize that pets are family members and not property.” Normally, cases involving property would not be permitted to award emotional damages.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/09/judge-upholds-verdict-awarding-over-600000-to-family-whose-dog-was-shot-by-a-police-officer/

 

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Pit bulls sought after dog killed in Surrey park

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Dog owner Yoshiko said two of her pets were attacked Wednesday in Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey. One of them did not survive. (CTV)

Animal control officers are searching for two pitbulls and their owner after a vicious attack that killed one dog and maimed another Wednesday in Surrey.

The owner of the attacked dogs, who asked to be identified only as Yoshiko, said she was walking her three pets through Tynehead Regional Park when she saw a woman in her 40s struggling to control a pair of leashed pitbulls.

As the two dog owners were passing each other, one of the pitbulls attacked Yoshiko’s Yorkshire terrier.

“Her pitbull, one of them, grabbed her and she tossed her into the air,” Yoshiko said.

The small dog made off with an injured leg and a puncture wound on its back, but Yoshiko’s five-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Buddy, wasn’t so fortunate.

Both of the pitbulls attacked the dog, and the owner was unable to pull them away.

“The lady’s trying to help me, trying to pull the dog away but she couldn’t,” Yoshiko said.

The frightened owner grabbed her injured pet and ran, leaving Buddy behind as she called 911. The dog was killed, and by the time Animal Control Officers arrived at the area, the pitbulls and their owner were gone.

They are now searching for two dogs, one white and the other white and brown, and a woman with bleached blond hair.

“The person who was in care and control of those attacking dogs has simply abrogate their responsibility and fled the scene,” said animal control manager Kim Marosevich. “What I would suggest at this point in time is: do the right thing, contact our office.”

Marosevich said authorities suspect they may know the pitbulls they’re dealing with. They visited a property associated with two such dogs, but found no one home.

Yoshiko said she doesn’t blame the breed – she thinks the owner should be held responsible.

With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Lisa Rossington

News Link:- http://bc.ctvnews.ca/pitbulls-sought-after-dog-killed-in-surrey-park-1.967198#ixzz27Q1hX0Jz

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