Family Files Lawsuit Against San Diego Officer Who Shot, Killed Dog

Grizzly, a 7-year-old mixed breed is shown in a photo. (Credit: Julia Orr/ Los Angeles Times)

Grizzly, a 7-year-old mixed breed is shown in a photo. (Credit: Julia Orr/ Los Angeles Times)

The family of a dog that was shot by San Diego police filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the killing was unwarranted and that officers callously allowed the pet to bleed to death in the aftermath.

Grizzly, a 7-year-old mixed breed, was shot at least three times by San Diego police Officer Robert Meiselman on Feb. 22. The officer was investigating reports of a stolen truck and had gone into the fenced-in yard of a home on Thorn Street near 42nd Street in search of witnesses.

According to the complaint, the officer was told by the neighbor who reported the stolen truck that a family dog lived on the property. There were also several “Beware of Dog” signs posted on the fence that surrounded the home.

Meiselman entered the property and was banging on the door when Grizzly emerged. Police said the dog lunged at the officer who feared for his life and shot the animal about 12:45 a.m.

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