Robert Price, who has been on paid leave for months, came under fire and faced the criminal charge for the shooting, following the release of a video which showed what took place prior to, and during the shooting.
Before the release of the video, Price claimed that Chloe was too aggressive to handle and that shooting her was the only option; the video seemed to show a frightened dog, restrained by a catch pole, who was trying to escape, rather than attack.
Despite what the video appeared to show, the jury deliberated for three hours and found Price to be innocent of the charges.
Followers of the Justice for Chloe Facebook page have expressed outrage over the decision, and embarrassment; a general sentiment of a failure of justice seems to prevail.
Chloe's guardian, Gary Branson, stated:
In my opinion he was guilty, but the jury saw it different and we have to live with that,"
The shooting took place after officers were called out to the neighborhood in response to a dog at large call.
Chloe, who had been staying with someone in the neighborhood, had somehow managed to slip out of the garage before the door closed and her dog sitter never saw her escape.
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