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City of SLO settles with couple whose dog was shot by police

Posted at 12:42 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 00:50:31-05

The City of San Luis Obispo has settled a claim with a couple whose dog died after it was shot by a police officer in September 2019.

Police were responding to reports of a burglary at a home near the intersection of Santa Rosa and Walnut streets when they say Bubbers the dog ran toward officers in the driveway in a threatening manner.

The dog's owner, Riley Manford, told KSBY News that Bubbers was only barking to protect his territory and that she had asked the officer to put down his gun so she could retrieve the dog.

The officer involved was reportedly placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.

As part of the settlement, the city will pay Manford and the dog's co-owner, Nicolas Regalia, $35,000 each.

City Attorney Christine Dietrick said the settlement was reached to avoid a lawsuit and "does not represent any admission of liability by the City."