A jury in Frederick County has awarded a family $620,000 after sheriff's deputies shot a pet dog in January 2010. The officers had been trying to serve a civil warrant on the dog owner's son, who no longer lived at the house.
Deputy Timothy Brooks and his boss, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, decried the verdict in a story published in the Frederick Post, saying their full story was not heard. Jenkins said the deputies "were doing their job."
But the attorney for the family, Cary J. Hansel, said that "from now on, police officers are on notice that they should think twice before using deadly force against a family pet."
The deputies said the dog, Brandi, a chocolate Labrador retriever, lunged at them as they entered the home.