Buffalo Police To Army Vet: Oops, Wrong Apartment… Sorry We Killed Your Dog (Not)


An Army veteran who’d been living at the same Buffalo, N.Y., address for three years got home Monday afternoon to discover that someone had torn down the door, shot up the apartment, ransacked the place and killed his dog, Cindy, who was leashed in the kitchen.

Breaking and entering in broad daylight. Animal cruelty. Adam Arroyo appeared to have been the victim of big-city crime.

But wait — whoever it was had left a piece of paper behind, a note. Not a note, a warrant. It wasn’t robbers after all; this was all police work.


Army vet says police killed his dog


The guy the cops were looking for evidently lived around the building’s corner. He was being sought on suspicion of dealing crack cocaine. The two apartments are completely separate and have separate entrances. All the cops had to do before indulging their trigger fingers was double-check the clearly marked mailbox.

According to WKBW in Buffalo, Arroyo is an Iraq combat veteran who plans to become a member of the National Guard. He told the ABC affiliate he isn’t a drug user or a drug pusher.

“Never. Never. I don’t do drugs. I’m a United States veteran. I work every day. I’m just trying to live my life… For police to wrongfully come into my house and murder my dog… It wasn’t that they felt threatened. No. They murdered my dog. That was my dog, man. That was my dog. They didn’t have to do that, you know. They didn’t have to do that.”

Arroyo now has to pay to have his pet cremated. The door repair will come out of his own pocket. He’s also had to miss work.

The Buffalo P.D. suit who talks to the media trotted out the same stale, self-justifying nonsense you always seem to hear whenever police unload on dogs that aren’t a threat.

Spokesperson Michael DeGeorge said the police “don’t believe the dog was chained or leashed” at the time they burst through the door — even though that’s how Arroyo left his pet in the morning, and how he found her when he got home.

DeGeorge also said the department’s Internal Affairs division will investigate, but that the police (somehow) believe they got the address right.

Arroyo said he plans to press charges against the city.

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  • figmo

    Maybe we need to disarm the keystone cops in order to make the world a safer place. Unfortunately, these are not the first nor the last idiots with badges we must endure. Is this victim of police stupidity going to file a claim for his losses including the $50k in property that was stolen after these idiots left his property unattended with the door broken?

    • bxarmybrat

      We are becoming a police state, police officers have to be held accountable for their mistakes.

      • Wizzardly

        This wasn’t a mistake, it was criminal behavior. The lead cop on this detail should go to prison, just as any perp who did this would. THAT would slow down these badged thugs. Can you imagine the courtroom packed with cops protesting as the lead man on the entry team was sentenced to the same prison term as would be any perp doing a b&e and murdering a tethered dog? But they would be greatly outnumbered by the citizens outside the courthouse cheering as the former cop, now just another perp, was walked to the prison transport in handcuffs and leg shackles. There is no accountability without an “or else”. And this needs to be the “or else” for this kind of criminal act by cops. If he uses the “following orders” defense, then the giver of the orders needs to be on the prison transport with him.

        • Wellarmed

          Agreed. These so-called officers cannot be allowed to claim any immunity for their actions simply because they are public servants.

          If this home owner was home at the time and shot one or all of these cops while they were performing this criminal act, then I would not in anyway agree that he should be prosecuted for his actions. This exact scenario has happened here in New Mexico, and the jury deemed the homeowners actions as justified.

          The police must pay a personal price for their actions, but it sounds like the local DA in Buffalo will never bring charges against them. It is beyond sad, but is just one more reason to never step foot in New York again.

  • Sharpshooter

    I may be wrong, but it seems that there is more and more of this type of behavior since the advent our Muslim interloper sitting in the WH. The second amendment is in place to protect the citizens from this type of actions. The Bloomberg’s, Soro’s, Emanuel’s and Holder’s of this country find this perfectly acceptable, and are continually working to totally disarm the American populace.
    I do not believe that shooting LEO’s is an acceptable practice either, but there are going to be some changes made in the attitudes of LEO’s at every level or we are going to see blood in the streets. I hope and pray that I am wrong!

    • Karolyn

      Yes, you just may be wrong. The only reason there seems that there is more of this happening during Obama’s term is that the internet has come into full bloom over that period. We all hear about everything very quickly; nothing is hidden. If you will recall, Obama was the first politician to campaign over the net. It has not taken long for it to be full out.

      • Joseph Hammond

        In Las Vegas this has been going on for a long time. Even a West Point graduate was guned down by a group of police outside a Costco after an employee saw his legally concealed gun as he bent down to look at a cooler. It was ruled as a legitimate kill by the Internal Affairs people. Prior to Obama this was happening. The internet allows us to finally hear about these incidents which long ago were buried by the local power brokers. Will it change things? Not with this uneducated mass of US citizens who resemble the sheep they eat….The Republic has a cancer and it is called “Homeland Security”……

      • Sharpshooter

        Karolyn; I hope and pray that you are right, but I see an escalation of this behavior on a daily basis, nation wide. God help us all!

  • NObama_Holder_Reid_Pelosi_2012

    the only way to protect the civilians of this Country is to take away all weapons and sharp objects from the rejects with badges. If not a one of them in a group is competent enough to realize they have the wrong address before shooting and killing humans or dogs and busting up the joint, then they are not competent enough to carry a fire arm.

    • FreedomFighter

      The actions of the police indicate a “HATE CRIME”.>/b>
      If robbers had done this I would say: “Those people had a allot of anger and hate for you, they destroyed your home, shot your tied up dog, and stuck you with a huge bill for damage and repairs.”
      The police in this case certainly committed a crime, even if accidental, it indicates what was actually intended for the “SUSPECTED” drug dealer:
      Laus DeoSemper FI

  • David Bovard

    Sounds like “OBAMAS” and Bloombergs “STAZI” agents at work here!

    • Karolyn

      It has nothing to do with Obama or Bloomberg. It has to do with Buffalo.

  • Jonathan B.

    First, it’ll be dogs, then watch, they’ll kill innocent sleeping children. Oh wait, they ALREADY HAVE!!!!!

  • jim b

    I’m here in Buffalo, this story is a few weeks old, and has been swept under the rug so to speak, at least here it has. Maybe one mention on the radio, nothing in the liberal run news stations, or newspaper, and I watch and read! You see, Buffalo is owned and operated by the Democrats and Unions i.e. police, fire, teachers, all lines of construction right down to the sweeper, UAW… the list is unending. If there is a screw-up in the ranks, it’s covered up as quickly as it happened. This story is dead in this town, it was dead in less than twenty four hours following this citizen injustic.

    Remembering Ben Franklin:
    When we the citizens can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety we deserve and get neither safety nor liberty.
    A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

    Welcome to the new America!

    • Karolyn

      There have to be people in Buffalo who will raise hell. How about you? Unfortunately, it’s usually activists from outside the area where the incident occurs who start movements. What is wrong with you that you saw it on the news and let it slide?

      • vicki

        Unfortunately, it’s usually activists from outside the area where the incident occurs who start movements.

        That’s not unfortunate. That’s common sense. Harder for the local police to retaliate against activists from the outside.

        • Karolyn

          But if people banded together, they could form a united front. Writing letters, emails and petitions and attending council meetings are not punishable offenses. It is especially true in a placed like Buffalo with a large population.

  • Al Chemist

    The police screwed up. Why didn’t they just admit it? Could it be that it will go on their record if they did, and the department would have to pay for the damage? Put the screws to a innocent veteran just to save a few bucks?

  • Karolyn

    I hope he sues and gets a big settlement, not that it will bring his dog back. This crap goes on every day, with nothing being done. I have heard of at least one state that is training officers in how to handle dogs rather than kill them. They will shoot a dog that is wagging its tail and smiling at them just because it’s a pit bull. That is besides the point of the illegal entry. When these travesties happen the people of the city where it occurs should be held accountable if they don’t make noise. Petitions abound online about incidents like this. Unfortunately, most people see it on or in the news; say “Gee, too bad.” and go back to channel or web surfing. If that kind of thing happened here, I would be writing letters and at the next county council meeting raising hell!

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  • Dirty Daug

    Just give some of these cops an inch and they will take a mile. I don’t rust any of them.

  • rivahmitch

    These problems occur because the government and its minions are contemptuous, rather than sufficiently afraid of the people. As Jefferson said, “When government fears the people there is liberty. When people fear the government there is tyranny. Lawsuits in such situations will NOT remedy the problem because they just force the innocent citizens to pay again. It’s the cops and their bosses who must be made to fear the people again. if this happened to my home or my dog I’d get the names of every cop involved. Then slowly, they and/or their loved ones would begin to disappear. Sic Semper Tyrannis. Semper Fi!

    • Joseph Hammond

      Be careful. What you say here is taken note of by the law. They can use it against you. You can be claimed as a “terrorist” for the disappear statement. Then you can be liquidated. To defeat them one must use tactics such as those that brought down other tyrannical regimes such as the Shah, Mubarack, the USSR….Organize. Picket. Sue. Paralyze the arteries of commerce. Make the money the target. Attack the wealth of the bully boys in court. Lawsuit after lawsuit will paralyze the system. And it is non-violent which is within the Constitution. Will some be killed and die? Yes, as they did during the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War Movement. But in the end the government was forced to back down and change. But to threaten violence only plays into the hands of the law….And they love killing…..

      • Jake Thomas

        You can’t sue and go after the money, the money comes from the law abiding citizen. When it starts coming persoanally from them (which will never happen) then maybe you can make some in-roads.

      • rivahmitch

        I’m sure I’ve been on their list for several years now.

    • 1PierreMontagne1

      This did not happen because of Cops and their Bosses it has happened because of the internal “Protective” power and bullying clout of the Police unions.

      Increasingly communities do not object to their tax dollars covering for police negligence and incompetence due to the fear of their own police force add to that confidentiality agreements that forbid the public knowing about the actual cost which if breached force the victim into bankruptcy.

      Liberal legislation across the land has allowed for public accountability to be blocked. Add to that Union intimidation of Editorial journalists and it is actually amazing that stories like this even get out.

      Mr. Arroyos lawyer will most likely advise his client to take whatever cash settlement is offered minus the legal fees and to sign a non-disclosure agreement “to protect the integrity of the police force” and to avoid further disclosure to the public of how much this cost the Tax Payer.

    • Jimmy the Greek

      I like the way you think ! when more start to think this way things well change .

      • rivahmitch

        Isn’t that the idea;-)?

  • skippy

    That is just so sad…………
    Anyone know where to send a donation to this guy??? (And NO fair giving your OWN address people!!!)

  • BobinCA

    This is so upsetting it’s hard to know what to write! These Jack azzes need to spend time behind bars. This lack of police work, the killing of his dog, the wrecking of his home and belongings is outrageous! These are suppose to be police officers serving a warrant, NOT a gang of hoodlums murdering animals and destroying property. Did the police bother to leave someone there to guard his home after the front door was kicked in? Doesn’t sound like it. Did they even figure it out or did he have to call and tell them they hit the wrong apartment? Plus these poor excuses for police officers gave a possible drug dealer a heads up that they are watching him and gave him time to clean up his act! Great police work you dumb sh*ts! All of the officers involved need to be held personally libel for this man’s looses and they should have to give him a public apology for what they did. They also owe him for the pain and suffering over the loss of his dog! Nothing can bring it back, but he can feel that he avenged the loss. This isn’t smart enough to define a police state, all it defines is stupidity, poor leadership and a lack of leg work before the fact of serving a warrant! The Buffalo Police Chief should be hiding in shame for what his officers didn’t bother to do!

    • Pamela Olson

      Well posted Bobin! Isn’t this type of story becoming more and more common place? If memory serves, several of these type of over zealous SWAT like activities are being perpetrated upon wrong address across these United States by multiple PD’s/agency’s. I believe a child was shot a few years back while laying on the couch with her father, that of course ended up as a wrong address. At least that is the one of the stories that sticks in my memory. This type of policing should be reserved for actual murder’s, rapists, pedophiles, kidnapper/sex slave trafficking and terrorist. Not parking ticket violators, warrant service or god forbid, a wrong address!

      • BobinCA

        This type of police work has use only in a train room showing others what not to do and how not to do it! This shows a lack of assessment on the part of management, preplanning on the part of supervisors and a large level of complacency in executing the warrant. As for the guy that shot the chained up dog, are you a bigger man for it, I’ll bet you think so!

  • Donald Duck

    You are so right too. they are going to make this a cashless country soon..Mr O wants all nations this way so he can control them. also he want to get rid of 90 per cent of pop..soon too. he said the sooner the better..and he want to burn the constitution.

    • BobinCA

      What are you talking about??????

  • Donald Duck

    I think China has our money know….he gave them the keys last wek wow

    • BobinCA

      Go and finish sleeping it off!

  • Fred

    Let me get this straight, my dog is supposed to be chained or leashed while inside my home ??? WTF , over ?

    • Karolyn

      Well, I would think he had his dog tied because maybe it was destructive or not housebroken.

  • Wellarmed

    Is this the “New Buffalo” that Warren Buffet is referring to in his commercials?

    It does not sound like a town that I would want to relocate a business too.

    These officers must be held accountable. I wonder how they would feel if it was their home and family that this happened too. I would think they would want justice to be served.

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    What do you expect from a big city NY state. Local police in several
    progressive, socialist, communist states have been funded, equipped,
    brainwashed, & then trained by the DHS to act violently toward normal
    law-abiding citizens & toward those who commit minor offenses from overdue
    parking tickets to small amounts of personal use weed. Preparation for marshal

    • Chief boring

      Once again, with all due respect, it’s “martial” law, not “marshal”. Meaning military law. May the Lord save us.

      • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

        Woops, my bad. That was a dumb mistake on my part. I should have known better. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Yes, may the Lord save us from events like the one in this article, as I do not believe we need saving from a word misuse mistake.

  • 1PierreMontagne1

    Increasingly the Police are becoming the ones we fear and not the ones we go to for help.

    • equestrian_colt

      People SHOULD NOT fear the government, The Government SHOULD fear the people. VforVendetta

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Sue the basterds !

  • David169

    I believe the degeneration of the local police departments is part of the government “federalizing” the police forces. If we still had police who had an area of patrol in which they were knowledgeable of the people who lived in the area this would have never happened. You can tell when the mind of an LEO has been “federalized”; they stop referring to the people of their community as people, neighbors, friends or residents and lump them all into the insult of the day, “citizens”. This is a way of your local police telling you they are “federalized” and believe themselves to not be members of the community but a para-military organization in which their rank separates them from what they perceive to be the masses they need to control.

  • YourAntithesis

    In spite of all these stories of cops violating citizens’ rights on a daily basis in every city in the country, there are those that still put them on a pedestal and really believe cops cannot do any wrong; they truly feel that their actions are all justifiable. I wonder if these same people would feel the same way if it was their spouse, child, or parent that was victimized by these “heroes.”

  • vicki

    So many mistakes, so little interest by the public.



    All brought to you by the war on (some) drugs.

  • vicki

    More examples. Not swat. Just really poor police work.

  • Karolyn

    Here’s another case of police killing a family dog in its own yard and threatening witnesses with jail time if they come forward. WHAT?? How can this be? Are these witnesses that scared that they really believe this bull? I would not hide and would contact the ACLU.


    • little feather

      I have one better than all your answers. Here in Fl. the cops went to the wrong house the man came to the door with a gun because they did not say they were the police & he had no idea that they were the police. They killed him & said it was justified they also went to the wrong house. They said the police were justified.

      • Karolyn

        I heard about this. How can they get away with it? It boggles my mind! No matter what the FACTS are, they are bendable for the powers that be.

  • Karolyn
  • James A. Lonon

    Don’t you just love the actual video’s of a police serving warrants where they got the four or five guys lined up and one beats on the door and yells ” Police, search warrant” and a split second later, the second guy beats in the door with a battering ram? Who but superman can answer their door in 1/2 second? What is the point of knocking on the door and identifying themselves you ask? It serves letter of the law! It hardly serves the Intent of the law, but that doesn’t concern cops!

  • manuel

    As I have said many times, for the most part those who work in today’s law enforcement outfits are nothing but thugs, with a badge, a gun and a uniform. Other than that, they could be Al Capone’s men. There are no more peace officers, only turds with guns. I guess it is called criminal justice for a reason, you are a criminal if some idiot cop says you are.

  • Chief Boring

    If you dress some of these poor excuses for police officers (A good one was best man at my wedding.) up like storm troopers and arm them with automatic weapons they will act like storm troopers. Gotta justify that budget, you know! Train them to do their jobs properly.

  • Lucy and Ricky

    This is an example of too much power and someone not doing their homework like making sure they have the correct address. Justifiable lawsuit!!!!

  • Bachelor With Sense

    OOOOOPS, Wrong Car at the Stop Light when the OFFICERS were assassinated in their Patrol Car!! To BAD!!!

  • BarrackHussein

    NY is a s-hole…

  • Dadwasright

    POWER corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Government has been murdering people for decades, you keep letting them do it. They set a bad example for the lesser so called law enforcement. What do you expect ? To those honorable L. E . P. Thank you, please keep the good work.We wish there were more of you.