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Buffalo man says police were searching wrong apartment when they shot his dog

An Iraq War veteran says police were raiding the wrong apartment when they shot and killed his pit bull, Cindy.

Adam Arroyo was at work Monday when his apartment in Buffalo was searched by police, who shot and killed the dog he says he left tied up in the kitchen.

Arroyo rushed home when his landlord called to tell him police were searching his apartment.

“I got here as fast as I could and I saw the carnage. I saw what happened. My house was flipped upside down, my dog was gone,” he told News 4 (WIVB). He said he always tied Cindy up in the kitchen when he left for work because she tended to chew on his clothes and shoes.

Buffalo Police said officers were searching for drugs when they encountered the dog, who they said was aggressive and unchained. They believe they had the correct address, though no drugs were found in the search.

Arroyo says there are two upper apartments at his address. He showed  the search warrant to News 4, and it described the suspect as black. Arroyo is Hispanic.

“They had no right, no evidence, because if that was the case they would have found stuff here and I would be in jail,” he said.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said an investigation will be conducted by the Internal Affairs Division.


Comment from Jen Brighton
Time June 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

While I don’t agree with tying a dog up while you are away from home, I have to say even my therapy dog would have probably appeared aggressive if someone broke into our house and started tramping around and tearing things apart. These incidents are very upsetting when law enforcement thinks the solution is to just shoot the dog with no regard for the dog or the owner. Maybe they need to start carrying tranquilizer guns. Poor Cindy. She doesn’t look very vicious in that picture.

Comment from KateH
Time June 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Internal investigation = “we did nothing wrong” every damn time. Chickenshit cops.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time June 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Yet another cop shoots and kills dog (unnecessarily, of course). I’ve lost count. Massively disheartening.