CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A lawsuit claims the West Virginia State Police lack proper training in dealing with dogs after a Wood County woman stopped a trooper from shooting her dog.
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/2kxYLaJ ), the lawsuit in Charleston federal court claims 23-year-old Tiffanie Hupp was maliciously prosecuted after she stepped in front of a trooper to stop him from shooting her dog while her 3-year-old son watched.
Hupp was acquitted of misdemeanor obstruction charges last year after a magistrate court jury trial.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund says Trooper Seth Cook testified that he decided to try to shoot based on training. The group says West Virginia State Police officers killed at least 15 dogs between 2010 and 2014.
State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous declined to discuss pending litigation.