Des Moines couple suing police for dog's death

Des Moines couple suing police for dog's death

Des Moines couple suing police for dog's death

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 7:38 PM

A couple has filed a lawsuit against Des Moines Police for shooting and killing their dog, Rosie, two years ago.

Deirdre and Charles Wrights say police violated their civil rights by killing their dog on Nov. 7, 2010, The Seattle Times reports.

Three Des Moines police officers spent an hour chasing Rosie, used a tazer twice, and ultimately shot her four times with an assault rifle.

Rosie, a 4-year-old, 115-pound Newfoundland, had escaped a fenced backyard while the Wrights were out of town.

The Wrights returned home to find their dog missing. It wasn't until Charles took a tazer dart into the police the next day that he was told what had happened.

An internal review concluded the officers' actions were justified, but the Wrights believe the officers intended to shoot the dog almost from the beginning of the chase.

Read more at The Seattle Times

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