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Monday, May 3, 2010

Dog Gone Shame: Woman Says Cop Shot Her Beloved Pet for No Reason

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM

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Chief Robert Pruett
  • Chief Robert Pruett
"We feel horrible about it," says Pruett, who adds that the investigation is still open. "We had been waiting for her statement and finally received it last week."

Pruett says that the next door neighbor had complained several times about the Alvarezes and their three dogs roaming the neighborhood and the cemetery behind the houses.

"The dogs need to be in a fenced yard or on a leash," he says. "And that wasn't the case here. Our officer says the dog was charging at him, she says something different. The point is, we have dog ordinances to protect both parties."

Alvarez says she has an electric fence for the dogs that is broken. Still, she argues that Jade was on her lawn when the officer drew his weapon, and never came within three feet of him. 

"I just don't understand how someone can come onto your property and shoot your dog," she says. In addition to demanding an internal affairs investigation of the officer who shot Jade, Alvarez is now asking St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch to look into the incident.

"Our whole family has been devastated by this," says Alvarez, who with her husband, raises three adopted girls (all sisters) ages 7, 11 and 13. "It's hard for us to be home. There's too many memories here of Jade. She was the sweetest animal you ever met. And now she's gone."

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