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

June 12, 2013 by  

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.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • http://Personellibertyalert Paul

    Good thing he was not home or he would have been killed as well. Government out of control. The brown shirts are back, but not in Nazi Germany here in the US.

  • Allen Runyon

    This is the wrong on so many levels. They should have to pay all of his expenses and make a public apology. They should also have to replace his dog with one of his choice.

  • http://Personellibertyalert Paul

    My dog is my best friend. I can’t believe this happened to a dog tied up on a leash, they had the wrong home. OMG.

  • Erin

    I’m disgusted with the police behaviour.

  • krc

    The police Sept should pay all expenses then each officer should be hit with charges of animal cruelty breaking and entering destruction of private property and then I would claim I had a large ant of cash missing! Make life difficult for the incompetent slime!

  • milford berry

    He’ll hath no fury like a man finding his dog murdered I would personally lose it I love my dogs.

  • Fed up

    I’ll help pay for a lawyer. This man should own that city or bankrupt it! Damn those arrogant S.O.B.’s!

  • http://www.nsm88.org taras

    He is a moron if he doesn’t sue the city and the police department.

  • Tommy cunningham

    What happens when they get the wrong house and the owner is home and answers the breaking and entering with a ar-15 and shoots the intruders?

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  • Zeropoint123

    Another reason not to trust government!! They can’t even get the right address with all their secret surveillance crap.. Further who says a dog left at home in the house has to be leashed anyway…Sue them good and hard Mr. Arroyo!!! Call the animal cruelty society !!! I’m so sad for the lose of your dog.
    I thank you for your service to our country .

  • john taktikos

    Adam. Sorry for your loss. Your Cindy looks just like my Callie.
    Your sacrifice to protect Us is well appreciated. This government is out of f@#!/ing control.
    Get them and get them hard for Cindy.
    My prayers are with you and her spirit. Godsend friend. John.

  • Andy

    Buffalo PD must be held accountable for damage and the death of a restrained dog. Mistakes like this are unacceptable, Mr. Arroyo was lucky he wasn’t home or me may have suffered the same fate as his poor dog.

  • Paulie

    Too emotional to comment properly.. sorry. I love animals and despise the police.
    I Hope he sues for millions and wins and the f***ing pigs lose their jobs. Stupid stupid stupid cops rot in hell you didn’t have to shoot a leashed dog.

  • Todd

    Just proves people should be armed and cops disarmed… Evidently these cops are poorly trained since they cant find the correct apartment, shot up an EMPTY apartment, and think they are justified in doing so….DISARM THE INCOMPETENT FOOLS…

  • jodylynn snider

    I think its a terrible thing . That the Police Departmnt knowingly now. That they went to the wrong Apartment. Oh yea that’s right …they still are saying that they had the right address.
    They killed the man’s DOG. HIS DOG… PART OF THE FAMILY
    AN APOLOGY…….
    HIS DOG
    I AM SORRY THEY K ILLED HIS DOG

  • tex

    Leave it to New York police and governor cuomo and that other idiot bloomberg. They should re emburse the gentleman for everything. But you can never replace a loved one. I would be hot as hell if some one killed my dog. Especially in that situation. Flippin idiots.

  • Rae Sawyer

    This wrongful, unjust and unacceptable and unprofessional act by ill infomed, gun happy poloce officers is a total disgrace, killing an innocent pet who was already on a leash, in his own home, not causing any problems whatsoever was shot dead for no bloody reason. What the hell, cant you supposed police officers who are meant to uphokd the lae do exactly that without destroying a persons home without just cause and without murdering a beautiful, innocent and helpless dog. There is enough animal abuse, cruelty in the wirld without police officers rushing in like a bull at a gate and getting their facts completely wrong and then not being honest enough and decent enough to pay for all the damages they caused including the dogs vet bills etc. Do the right thing and be accountable for your irresponsible, appauling mistreatment of the mans pet dog who was on a lead which is so low and inexcuseable. as well as all the damage, destruction.of his apartment. Be man enough to admit that you made the worst mistake ever and show empathy, compassion for killing the dog who was definitely tied up, how wicked.you men are. You should not be police officers brcayse yoi dont inderstand the words JUSTICE, fairness, TRUTH and HOnesty. I am completely and utterly ashamed and disgusted by your unforgiveable and wrongful acts which have left an innocent man with a home which has been demolished and a beautiful, loving pet dog killed fir absolutely no reason at all. Get your facts straight in future. You are meant to show professinslism and a duty of care to all citizens and animals that you come in contact with. You need to pay for all the damages and for the costs relating to the dogs . My nephew is a police officer and he would never display such inappropriate, unacceptable, disgraceful acts of wrong doing and cruelty. I am a secondary teacher and this story sickens me snd upsets me greatly because if we cant trust and have fairh in our police force, what hope do we have?????

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