Buffalo Woman Says Police Raided Wrong House, Killed Her Dog
By John Borsa
August 30, 2012 Updated Aug 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – When Rita Hairston’s husband died five years ago, she adopted a dog to keep her company and help her through an emotional time.

Prada was 5-years-old at the time. The black Labrador Retriever became more than a pet, but a part of Hairston’s family. A companion.

Last Saturday morning, she returned to her E. Morris Ave. house in University Heights in Buffalo and discovered her home had been broken into and Prada was missing.

There was a puddle of blood on the floor and bullet holes in the door of a bedroom where Prada slept.

But it was not a burglar who broke in. Hairston found a search warrant, signed by a judge, issued to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, on her kitchen floor.

Hairston said police raided her home, searching for cocaine, connected to a man named Lance Thompson.

Hairston said she rents another home she owns to Thompson, who dates her daughter, but he does not live in her residence and she has absolutely no connection to his alleged illegal activities.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said they had probable cause to search Hairston’s residence because Thompson’s alleged drug activities were suspected to take place from Hairston’s house on occasion. The home which she rents to Thompson was also searched.

Deputies were forced to shoot and kill Prada during the raid because he threatened them, the spokesman said.

No drugs were recovered from Hairston’s home.

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