10/03/2013 09:54 am ET

Officer Robert Price Acquitted In Fatal Dog Shooting

A Colorado cop who shot a dog four times and Tasered it was acquitted of all charges Wednesday.

Officer Robert Price, of Commerce City, was found not guilty of animal cruelty after he killed a pit bull. The verdict came down in large part due to video evidence presented to an Adams County District Court jury, 9News reported.

The cell phone video -- taken by a neighbor of dog owner Gary Branson in November of last year -- shows the Price pull out his gun and fire shots at the 3-year-old pit bull mix, named Chloe. The court found that Price fired five shots into Chloe and also shocked her with a Taser.

The dog died at the scene, CBS Denver reported.

Price, who was responding to a loose animal call at the time, was placed on paid administrative leave. He will return to the force.

Branson said the verdict was "not justice for Chloe."

"This isn't the result I would have hoped for, but we move on and we move forward," Branson said in a released statement.

The Fraternal Order of Police said Price was wrongly accused, and supported Price throughout the trial.

Police get away with killing dogs all the time. In July, an officer who shot a Rottweiler four times and killed it, was exonerated by the LAPD.

Mark Condon, an off-duty police officer in Texas, shot a boxer dog to death after he said it attacked him and his wife. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, The Examiner reported.



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