Loveland will launch another investigation into police in response to shooting of dog

Loveland officials issued a statement late Friday on the shooting of a dog by a Loveland police officer in 2019.

Owners of the dog filed a civil suit against the city earlier this week.

The city statement said that as a result of the litigation stemming from the shooting of the Golden couple’s dog, the city of Loveland and the Loveland Police Department were sharing their planned action in response to the litigation and related public concerns.

The shooting of the dog occurred June 29, 2019, when LPD responded to a trespassing call in the northwest part of the city.

According to the lawsuit, Wendy Love and her husband Jay Hamm who were making firewood deliveries in Loveland, had stopped in a vacant parking lot next to an apparently vacant commercial building to make some repairs to a large box they were going to use for their final firewood delivery of the day. The owner of the building, watching remote surveillance video of the lot, asked police to check on what they were doing there.

Two officers arrived, and one shot the dog as it approached him.

“Body-worn camera footage captured that day is difficult to watch, and we deeply empathize with the family over the untimely loss of their dog,” Loveland City Manager Steve Adams said in the statement.

“We have pledged to increase accountability and transparency for our community — including any opportunity to seek clarity into specific events. In accordance with police department policies and this pledge, the City intends to launch an additional independent investigation into the incident.”

The city already has launched an independent investigation into allegations of use of excessive force against a 73-year-old woman accused of shoplifting last year.

The statement continues: “LPD understands the public’s concerns and the emotions this video elicits. The use of deadly force against a person or an animal is taken with the utmost seriousness.”

It concludes with a statement from Adams that the staff recognizes the need for transparency and accountability in city processes and intends to pursue a fair and complete investigation into all the facts.

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