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Officer Seen Shooting Dog On Video Pleads Not Guilty

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(credit: CBS)

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BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Animal activists showed up outside a Brighton courthouse once again on Monday morning as a Commerce City police officer pleaded not guilty after the shooting and killing a dog last fall.

Robert Price faces one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, in the Nov. 24 incident. Price shot and killed the dog, Chloe, after police received a call of a loose dog. The incident was videotaped by a neighbor with a cellphone and went viral.

Juliet Piccone was one of several people who came in support of Chloe and her owner Gary Branson on Monday. She and other animal rights supporters say they are outraged by the incident.

“Law enforcement is not above the law, and if you break the law you are going to be held accountable,” Piccone told CBS4.

Chloe (credit: CBS)

Chloe (credit: CBS)

Colorado lawmakers passed a bill this legislative sesion requiring training for police officers in hopes of avoiding dog shootings, and the governor has already signed it.

Price is set for trial in September.

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