FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick County Circuit Court jury has awarded $620,000 in damages to a Taneytown couple whose dog was shot by a sheriff’s deputy.

The Frederick News-Post reports that plaintiffs’ attorney Rebekah Lusk said the jury returned a verdict Monday in favor of Roger and Sandi Jenkins. It found that deputy Timothy Brooks violated the couple’s rights when he shot their chocolate Labrador retriever, Brandi, in January 2010.

The jury also found that Brooks and deputy Nathan Rector violated the couple’s rights by entering their home without

Brooks called the jury’s decision “outrageous and ridiculous.” He says he wasn’t able to fully explain during the trial why the dog’s actions caused him to shoot.

The deputies had gone to the Jenkins’ home with a civil warrant for a juvenile.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Laurel says:

    Good for the couple…I think the dog was much valuable than $620,000 but I would take it….should be a lesson to all offiicals you cannot kill an animal and get away with it.

    1. anonymous says:

      Don’t know how much a chocolate lab is worth, but rest assured that if you head on down to the local pet store with $620,000, you’ll get more than one.

  2. Cathy says:

    I wish all animal abusers had to pay such a fine or go to jail.

  3. MsPhillyG says:

    Congrats to the family of Brandi. Its a disgrace how people shoot first and ask questions after. Thank God she survived and although her life is priceless I hope she lives along wonderful life with her family. I hope the family buys her a nice big comfortable prtho bed to help with her pain.

  4. Cal says:

    another stupid jury decision.

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