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Man Suing For Damages After Police Shot His Dog

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Chloe was shot to death by a Commerce City police officer in November of 2012  (credit: CBS)

Chloe was shot to death by a Commerce City police officer in November of 2012 (credit: CBS)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – The owner of a dog shot and killed by Commerce City police is suing the city and three officers.

The officers involved in the shooting were cleared of any wrongdoing in a criminal trial.

The video of the dog, Chloe, being shot went viral, horrifying witnesses and inspiring protests. Now Chloe’s owner Gary Branson is filing a civil case suing for $1 million in damages.

Officer Robert Price, of Commerce City, was found not guilty of animal cruelty.

Branson thinks that the city and the officers involved should pay damages for the severe emotional distress he’s been through. Branson says he has been through a lot of therapy already.

While Branson has already gotten another dog he says his life will never truly be the same.

“I can’t replace Chloe,” said Branson, “there are so many dogs being shot needlessly. It needs to come to a stop.”

Commerce City police have no comment about this lawsuit.

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