BALTIMORE, Md. - A Baltimore woman and her family is suing the city police department after they allege officer wrongfully shot and killed their pit bull on New Year’s Day.
According to a lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Stacey Fields is seeking $450,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after she said an officer shot her dog in her yard as the police chased a suspect into their home. According to court documents, the officer shot the dog after it began barking despite efforts to secure it and the owners no more than 2 feet away from the dog at the time of the shooting.
The lawsuit added that the dog “never attempted to descend from the porch, or exhibited any posture of aggression toward the officers.” Fields added that officers would not allow them to touch, pet or cover the slain dog and were told animal control would not be coming and they would have to bury the dog outside city limits.
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