Family files lawsuit against SDPD for shooting of family dog
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A City Heights family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of San Diego, the San Diego Police Department and the police officer who shot and killed their dog while investigating an incident involving a neighbor.
San Diego police Officer Robert Meiselman shot Alfredo and Socorro Fuentes’ 7-year-old husky-pit bull mix, Grizzly, three times while inside the Fuentes’ gated yard on Thorn Street near 42nd Street in the early morning hours of Feb. 22.
Meiselman was looking for possible witnesses to an earlier assault and vehicle theft. He was not bitten or otherwise injured.
Grizzly’s owners alleged the shooting was unwarranted. There were "Beware of Dog" signs on the fence around the yard, and the officer had been told that there was a dog on the property, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, citing the complaint.
Police officials said immediately after the shooting that the dog had charged at the officer.
Officers allegedly ignored Alfredo Fuentes’ pleas for help for his dying pet and instead gave him the address of an animal hospital seven miles away, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Grizzly ultimately bled to death.
The Fuentes family is seeking $525,000 from Meiselman, the police department and the city. They are also asking that officers receive additional training in situations involving pets.