- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A federal court jury has determined a Champaign police officer acted reasonably when he shot a dog that was being attacked by another dog.

The jury in Urbana deliberated about an hour Thursday before finding for Officer Andre Davis and the city of Champaign in a lawsuit brought by Jacob and Kathy Saathoff and Kathy Saathoff’s daughter, Kelsey Markou, over the 2013 shooting of their chocolate Labrador retriever.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1UG0pE1 ) the family alleged that Davis violated their Fourth Amendment protection from improper government seizure of property by fatally shooting the dog as the officer tried to break up a fight between it and a stray pit bull.

Kathy Saathoff said she was “extremely upset” over the verdict.

Davis says it “unfortunate” that the family lost their dog.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com


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