“It’s quite upsetting, quite disturbing, to be frank.”
A Vancouver lawyer says his client is launching a lawsuit tomorrow against the RCMP- after Richmond Mounties shot a family dog in the face last month, and refuse to pay the mounting vet bills.
Jason Tarnow says the family applied for compensation.
“It’s just over $5000, it’s a considerable amount of money for my client, he has a young family, he is currently unemployed himself, and it is a horrible situation that the RCMP has put this family in.”
But the Mounties say the two officers were acting in the course of their duties and the dog posed an immediate risk of serious personal harm- so the claim is denied.
Police were investigating a break and enter a few doors down on May 29th, when they entered the fenced-off yard with a “beware of dog” sign, looking for evidence.
The officers claim they were “confronted by two pit bull-like dogs” and narrowly escaped, but Tarnow says the dogs were just checking out the commotion, like any dog would.
Koda, a pit-bull cross, suffered a shattered jaw when it was shot.