Skip to comments.Service Dog in Jury Box for Deputy-Involved Dog Killing Case
Posted on 01/16/2013 1:17:06 PM PST by nickcarraway
"This is the first time we've had a dog in the jury box," judge says
With testimony under way in a deputy-involved dog killing, jurors had a dog laying quietly beside them and keeping them company Tuesday in Palm Beach County circuit court.
"This is the first time we've had a dog in the jury box," Judge David Crow said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The service dog was there because the dogs trainer was serving as a juror in Tuesdays animal-rights civil trial. The dogs trainer told attorneys and the judge she would be fair and impartial in weighing the dispute.
Plaintiff Russ Greenberg, 48, alleges his beloved Petey, an American Staffordshire Terrier, was a fun-loving companion who was killed for no good reason by Palm Beach sheriffs deputies last year, the newspaper reported.
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He bled to death, Greenberg testified. He was shot with multiple bullet holes in him.
But William Cornwell, attorney for the Sheriff's Office, said deputies acted in self-defense when they killed an aggressive pit bull that had just bitten a 12-year-old girl and threatened a mail carrier.
"The dog was loose and continuing to threaten people in the neighborhood, Cornwell said. No one was happy the dog was killed.
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Greenberg wants the jury to award damages beyond the cost of replacing his pet. But the judge told him Florida law restricts the value of the dog as an item of personal property, not a greater sentimental value.
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I’m all for LEO’s going on trial for indiscriminate dog shootings; but it sounds like this dog was a cuddley-wuddely pit-bull that snapped. I think the girl who was bitten should sue the owner.
Pit bulls are so iffy, not because they are necessarily more likely to turn on a human, but because of the damage they can do when they do turn on a human. I can cut a cop a break, when the dog shot is a Pit Bull.
However, when I hear about other dogs that, as a breed, are almost unheard of turning against humans, that’s when I want something done.
I'm withholding judgement.