Maryland family awarded compensation in police shoot dog case

September 19, 2012
By: Penny Eims

A Montgomery County judge has awarded a Frederick, Md. family significant compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to veterinary costs, following a police versus dog shooting incident which took place in 2010.

According to Wednesday’s publication of the SF Gate, Roger and Sandi Jenkins of Frederick, Md. will receive $600,000 for pain and suffering, in addition to $7,500 for veterinary expenses which resulted when their Labrador retriever was shot by a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy in January, 2010.

Back in April, a jury had determined that the Jenkins should receive $620,000 in compensation. The judge had to reduce the veterinary expense compensation from $20,000 to $7,500 due to a cap set forth by Maryland state law.

The Jenkins’ dog, a chocolate Labrador retriever named “Brandi,” was shot by Deputy Timothy Brooks when he and another officer came to the Jenkins home to deliver a civil warrant to the couple’s son, who no longer lived at the residence.

Deputy Brooks shot Brandi after she bounded out from the Jenkins’ home. The shooting incident was captured on video.

The dog survived the shooting, but was grievously wounded.

When the Jenkins rushed their injured dog to a veterinarian for care, the deputies illegally entered their home.

After the jury’s initial verdict, lawyer Cary Hansel of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake in Greenbelt, Maryland and Rebekah D. Lusk of the Thienel Law Firm, stated:

“The verdict makes it clear that Maryland citizens will not tolerate the killing and maiming of innocent family pets by those in positions of power. The jury valiantly defended our constitutional rights to be secure from this violence on our property and to be safe in our own homes. This is a victory for the constitution and for all Maryland citizens.”

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