Nov 27, 2012 7:56 PM by Matt Stafford

Dog killed in Commerce belonged to Pueblo man

A dog tased, shot, and killed in Commerce City on Monday belonged to a Pueblo man; it was staying with a relative while he was out of town.

A neighbor across the street in Commerce City watched the whole situation unfold, and filmed it on his cell phone. He says the dog wasn't aggressive, but police say it was when the dog got aggressive towards an animal control officer that their officers used deadly force.

Alex Quintana, a neighbor of the dog's owner in Pueblo, says he spoke to the owner this afternoon.

"He's sad because Chloe was a good dog," says Quintana. "There's nothing wrong with Chloe. Chloe is a good dog to everybody; I've never seen her aggressive to nobody."

According to our news partners in Denver, Interim Chief of Police Chuck Saunier said he asked the District Attorney's Office to take over the investigation "to ensure a thorough and unbiased third-party review."

"As law enforcement personnel, we want to maintain the highest standards and make sure our actions are above reproach," said Saunier. "I remain optimistic that the investigation will determine all of the facts of this tragic event."


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