A Chicago woman is suing three cops and the city of Chicago for $1.35 million after a police officer shot her puppy in her front yard in front of her 5-year-old daughter.
According to the lawsuit, Samantha Maglaya’s daughter watched as the off-duty cop shot their 4-month-old pitbull puppy eight times last year.
Maglaya says “I heard my kid screaming, ‘they’re shooting the dog in the front yard!’ He was just like my baby. I carried him around. I fed him a bottle.”
The officer, who was off-duty, claims that the dog was chasing his young son who was riding a bicycle.
The officer says “I know that my son’s life could have been in danger… and the fact that my son was protected, that’s what I care about.”
To add insult to injury, Maglaya’s husband was fined for having a dog off his leash while she rushed the dog to the hospital.
Maglaya says “he would sit there in the yard and listen to the birds. He didn’t even bark. He never growled.”
Despite shooting the pup eight times, the cop was cleared of any wrongdoing which prompted this lawsuit. Now, the family wants to hold the city of Chicago responsible as well.
The lawsuit accuses the three officers of negligence, excessive force, illegal seizure, aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal trespass to property, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She accuses the two officers who arrived on the scene after the shooting of not properly recording the scene and helping the first officer cover the whole thing up.