Judge Upholds Verdict Awarding over $600,000 to family whose dog was shot by a police officer

The verdict has been upheld in the case of the shooting of Brandi, a chocolate lab, by police officers. Back in April the jury had awarded $620,000 to the Jenkins family, $20,000 for veterinary bills and $600,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering. The judge did reduce the veterinary bills award to $7,500 due to the fact Maryland law caps damages at that amount.

The verdict has been upheld in the case of the shooting of Brandi, a chocolate lab, by police officers. Back in April the jury had awarded $620,000 to the Jenkins family, $20,000 for veterinary bills and $600,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering. The judge did reduce the veterinary bills award to $7,500 due to the fact Maryland law caps damages at that amount. The upholding of the $600,000 for emotional damages is huge not only for the Jenkins family but for the law starting to view pets not just as property.

The shooting incident occurred back on January 9, 2010 when police officers came to the Jenkins’ home with a civil warrant for their son, who no longer lived at the resident. Brandi bound out of the house to meet the officers when Deputy Timothy Brooks shot her. Brandi didn’t even get within three feet of the officer and had stopped barking when she was shot. Brandi did survive the shooting but will need extensive ongoing medical care. Brooks was found to have unconstitutionally shot and grievously wounded the dog by the jury. In addition Brooks along with Deputy Nathan Rector were found to have unconstitutionally and illegally entered the Jenkins’ home. The two officers entered the home without permission after the Jenkins had left to rush Brandi to the veterinarian.

Cary Hansel, attorney for the Jenkins was very happy with the result not only for what was awarded to the Jenkins but because of what the case means for the legal community. “It’s one of the first cases in Maryland to recognize that pets are family members and not property.” Normally, cases involving property would not be permitted to award emotional damages.

12 thoughts on “Judge Upholds Verdict Awarding over $600,000 to family whose dog was shot by a police officer

  1. I need help finding out any info on can on animal laws if any ones know the dog pound shot and kilked my dog and is holding the femal i had a dog that was attacked by a dog running around i posted a pic of it on facebook the dog cost me 500 dollars thank god he lived they are saying i fight dovs and iam building there jaws to fight cause i have toys in the tree also on the ground any help please

    1. Wow. I guess you failed every English class you’ve taken. Capitalization and punctuation is necessary in writing if you want to be understood.

      1. That’s freakin’ awesome!! Using proper grammar and punctuation is a pet peeve of mine and it blows me away the number of people who can’t even construct a complete sentence!! I can’t even forward an email if it looks like it was written by a second grader – it’s a direct reflection on me!! That was great!! LOL

    2. You sound shady to me….sorry…WHY the toys in the trees!! REALLY, we are not stupid here. Love your dogs, pamper them, love them and keep them safe and out of harms way!! REALLY…..AGAIN……WHY TOYS IN THE TREES???? I would HATE for my dog to be sooooooooo frustrated EVER. I dont think you are a good Dog owner….sorry….and yes I don’t know you!!! But I would NEVER do that to my dog EVER!!! Think about it!!!! WHY did they shoot your dog and just not euthanize it, doesn’t make any sense!! Update please, so we can all understand!!!!

    3. try to find the Lexus project you can find them online maybe they can help you they do wonders for people and cases like yours

  2. I would have shot the cop if it had been my dog, but I gurantee he would never been able to shoot another thing in his life after I was through. They should have strung the bastard up.

    1. as much as i would love to shoot the fuck out a dog killing cop, how can you help your/any dogs from behind bars?

  3. YES! This great news, not only for the family and their beautiful pet, but as a sign to police that shooting family dogs for ANY reason is going to be very expensive so it might be worth their while to TRAIN cops how to approach and handle dogs. Any dog will protect their family, home, automobile and they shouldn’t have to risk their lives to do so.

    Too many cops have been killing dogs, even dogs who are chained or otherwise restricted because the cops “felt threatened.” Bullsh*t! A cop like that doesn’t belong on the force.

  4. Here in Milwaukee, it goes without saying that cops have the right to shoot any dog that may be a potential threat. If you look into just a few articles in the Milwaukee Journal/ sentinel, they have been shooting family dogs for many, many years. In one case, they shot a family dog that had been outside playing with the neighborhood kids- the poor dog actually ran away from the two cops after being shot once, hid under a pine tree, where they persued him and shot him again while he lay cowering. The entire time, the kids were screaming at them to stop, that he was friendly! The owners attempted to take the police department to court, but got nowhere in the system. I can only hope that Milwaukee cops and the courts read this article and consider restricting the cops who have habitually shot dogs just for the sake of target practice. The trauma alone should allow families to be awarded huge damages! These folks were lucky in that their dog survived. Here, the cops make damn certain, that the animal is dead. I make sure that my four, very large dogs, are restricted to a room before answering the door- just in case! Amazing how I have learned to be safe, rather than sorry. Pretty pathetic when you have to fear the police department, and feel the need to protect your pets from them!

  5. Ouch!!! for the cop shop for shooting this dog!!! I too had a 14 year old yellow lab shot for barking at a cop for entering my house un-invited.
    I was living in Big Bear lake, CA. when this happened, a cop by the name of Gregory Herbert, Of the San Bernadino county hit squad, He put 2 bullets in him, then had to call aspca to finish him off, then they carried his bloody carcass out of my house in a see through bag in front of my 4 year old girl, she hasn’t forgoten it yet this was in 1994. Also at that time i couldn’t get anything done about it.
    This has caused a lot of bad memories as far as loosing a loved one, and how we looked upon our cops afterwards! Protect and serve my ass, when they have to be the ones we need protecting from, then there’s a big problem!!! Amen.
    Which leads me to ask, “Why should our animals have to suffer the loss of thier life, for something his/her master may/or may not be guilty of in the first place?” Go figure.
    Now we have another problem of animal cruelty bieng commited by animal control and town manager. please go to this link and help us out!
    http://iepolitics.com/newblog/2012/09/19/iepolitics-more-on-jrs-dogs/#comment-13503 and this one http://rockandrescue.chipin.com/united-states-veteran-needs-help-reclaiming-his-beloved-dogs. thanks all.

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