Officer not guilty of animal cruelty in shooting death of dog

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‘Chloe’ who was shot by a Commerce City police officer. (Photo: handout)

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- A jury says Commerce City police officer Robert Price is not guilty of animal cruelty in the shooting death of a dog. The verdict in Adams County District Court came Wednesday.

Price faced one felony count in the shooting death of a dog named Chloe on November 24, 2012.

Price was among several officers who responded to a call about a dog running around in the 9600 block of Nucla St. in Commerce City.

Chloe was a lab and pit bull mix.

Officers used a stun gun on the dog and then shot her a number of times. A neighbor recorded the incident and the video became key evidence in the trial.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” said District Attorney Dave Young. “These are very difficult cases for prosecutors to handle. We presented all the evidence to the jury, including the video of the shooting, and the jury based its verdict on that.”

Price had been on paid adminstrative leave. He will now return to duty.

LINK: Officers shoot, kill dog in Commerce City
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