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