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$350,000 claim filed in Coeur d'Alene dog shooting

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Attorneys for the owner of 'Arfee' filed a $350,000 against the City of Coeur d'Alene, Officer David Kelly, and the CDA Police Department Attorneys for the owner of 'Arfee' filed a $350,000 against the City of Coeur d'Alene, Officer David Kelly, and the CDA Police Department
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Attorneys for the owner of a dog shot and killed by a Coeur d'Alene police officer filed a $350,000 claim against the City of Coeur d'Alene, the officer who shot the dog, David Kelly, and the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, on Tuesday. 

Earlier this year, Craig Jones parked his van behind a coffee shop in Coeur d'Alene, with his 3-year-old Labrador named "Arfee" inside. Jones went to get breakfast, leaving Arfee behind. A short time later, Officer David Kelly and another officer responded to the area for a report of a suspicious van. At the time, Coeur d'Alene Police were investigating a possible child enticing case, and the suspect's van matched the description of Jones' van. 

Officer Kelly approached the van, when he said a dog lunged at him through the window. Officer Kelly stated he was afraid of being bitten in the face by the dog and shot Afree once in the chest. Arfee died as a result.  

After review of the incident, the shooting was ruled unjustified and Officer Kelly's actions were called "questionable."

The $350,000 claim filed on Tuesday includes compensatory and punitive damages. 

The attorney representing Jones, Adam Karp is known for handling cases like this. In 2012, he got a family $101,000 for a family whose pet Newfoundland was shot four times with an assault rifle by an officer in Des Moines, Washington. 

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