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Dog shooting: Sara is second dog killed by Thornton police in a year

Incidents in which police officers have shot dogs while on duty have made plenty of news in these parts. Note the November killing of a pooch named Chloe, which resulted in felony charges against Commerce City Officer Robert Price -- an incident that contributed to passage of legislation mandating dog-related police training. But this new law couldn't save Sara, a dog shot by a Thornton police officer near her home earlier this month. And her owners' attorney isn't buying the rationale for the act.
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