Adams County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a dog Monday night while respnding to a business alarm. according to the Animal Law Center.
The officers had the wrong address when they entered his business/office property in the 5400 block of Tennyson Street in Denver, the owner said.
Jennifer Edwards, founder of the law center in Wheat Ridge, said the 8-year-old blue heeler/border collie mix named Ziggy was killed by the deputies. She and the owner, Jeff Fisher, spoke to the media today.
Fisher claimed deputies opened his door at 8 p.m. on Monday. Ziggy ran outside and the deputies shot his 35-pound dog three times.
"They just opened the door and opened fire on my dog," he said.
Fisher has retained the Animal Law Center to represent him, Edwards said. She said he hired her after he went to the sherriff's department unsuccessfully.
"I told him to make sure the body is preserved," she said. It is now in possession of animal control.
Adams County Undersheriff Roger Engelsman confirmed to 9News "that deputies responded to the 5300 block of Tennyson Street in Denver at 8:13 p.m. on a business alarm."
Engelsman said two officers responded to the call, and both officers are still on duty at this time.
"It's our goal to complete a thorough investigation of this matter, so we have the ability to answer questions that citizens may have regarding the incident and to do the right thing for the dog owner," Engelsman said.
The office would not comment further since it is an ongoing, active investigation
Edwards noted that this was the third police shooting of a dog in Denver's northern suburbs in the last month-and-a-half. The other incidents were in Northglenn and Commerce City.
"I think the Colorado public should be outraged," she said. "Police are killing our family members."
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