COP KILLS DOG; FAM­ILY WILL GET $ 262K FROM CITY

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

Com­merce City will pay a $ 262,500 set­tle­ment to a fam­ily whose 3- year- old dog, Chloe, was shot and killed in 2012 by a po­lice of­fi­cer. The pay­out will end years of le­gal bat­tles be­tween Gary Branson, owner of the mixed- breed ther­apy dog, and Com­merce City’s po­lice depart­ment.

“The city’s out- of- pocket cost was a $ 50,000 de­ductible,” said Michelle Hal­stead, spokes­woman for Com­merce City. “Our in­sur­ance agent cov­ered the rest.”

The An­i­mal Law Cen­ter in 2013 filed a law­suit on be­half of Branson.

It was pend­ing in fed­eral court when the set­tle­ment was reached.

Hal­stead said the pay­out was re­solved in me­di­a­tion.

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