A case of a mistaken address by law enforcement officials resulted in a dog getting shot in the face by officers. The owners of the dog, who survived the incident, are now suing the officer who shot their companion.
Erica Moreno and Katti Putnam are suing Michigan Department of Corrections investigator Ron Hughes because the department came onto their property in error searching for a wanted fugitive, and shot their 15-year-old mixed breed dog Clohe during a raid.
Chris Olson, attorney for Moreno and Putnam, told The Huffington Post that the agency indicated they would assume responsibility for the mistake, but stopped returning their calls.
“These officers came into the wrong house, shot this dog, told the owners they would take care of it and then never returned their calls.”
Although Clohe survived the incident, Putnam told Huffpost she hasn’t “been the same since,” undergoing three surgeries, losing part of her tongue and a tooth.
“It really angers me and makes me concerned for the system and how things work.”
Last week, Olson filed a lawsuit against Hughes on behalf of Moreno and Putnam asserting that Hughes violated his clients’ Fourth Amendment rights.
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Olson told Huffpost that the tactical team Hughes was a part of mistook his clients’ home for a neighbor’s home, where the fugitive in question was allegedly located. Putnam details what happened when the incident occurred.
“I went inside to get my identification and I heard a pop… I looked out the door to the backyard and there was an officer with his arm raised and a gun in his hand. I immediately realized Clohe had gone outside.”
HuffPost notes that Hughes allegedly fired a second time, causing Putnam to confront Hughes.
“I was yelling at him…I said, ‘Why are you shooting my dog? What are you doing? Your’e at the wrong house.”
Putnam tells HuffPost that their dog walked back into the house in a pool of blood. Their lawsuit alleges that a Michigan state trooper told the couple “We’ll take care of this,” and advised them to have Clohe treated.
“I followed the blood trail into the bedroom, where my partner was cradling Clohe and crying hysterically.”
Photo credit: Chris Olson/Huffington Post