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The lawyer for a Richmond family says despite shooting an innocent dog in the head, the RCMP is refusing to pick up the mounting vet bills.
Mounties first told the family to apply for compensation, but that’s apparently got them nowhere.
Vet bills growing
Five thousand dollars.
That’s what lawyer Jason Tarnow says his client (Hector Riquelme) has spent so far, after his dog Koda was shot in the head by a Richmond RCMP officer last week.
And it’s not over.
“There’s considerable expenses coming in vet costs because the dog has to undergo re-constructive surgery to repair its shattered jaw.”
The pit-bull cross was in her own yard when she was shot, while police were investigating property crime a few houses over.
Mounties say the dog charged at officers, but Tarnow says it rightfully went towards the commotion.
“The dog simply perked up because it wanted to know who had entered the yard, and it went towards the commotion because the police officers had kicked down the gate that led to the yard. My ten pound poodle would have perked up and done the exact same.”
Tarnow says all the family wants is the vet bills covered.