New York police officer shoots innocent dog in the head

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By: Tanya Malhotra 

A New York City Police Department police officer is in trouble after shooting an innocent dog in the head during a mistaken police raid, according to a lawsuit filed in court.

A Brooklyn woman is suing the New York police officer who fired a bullet into the head of her puppy during a raid on her apartment and then stopped to eat breakfast with her handcuffed in the back of a police van, the lawsuit states.

The dog, a pit bull named Dommo, survived the attack, although it still has a bullet inside its body. The dog was 10 months old when it was shot above the ear.

"They just invaded my house and shot my dog," Maryetta Thomas, 58, who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Brooklyn, said. "I felt violated. It really hurts to know that they can go in and change someone's life just like that," she added.

Thomas, who is a home health care aide, is hobbled by arthritis and walks with a cane. She was so traumatized by the terrifying incident that she moved away from her Fort Greene apartment, where she had lived for 37 years.

"I could not sleep in my apartment anymore," she said.

Thomas and her two eldest sons were charged with possession of marijuana, violations that were dismissed before they ever saw a judge in criminal court, according to her lawyer, Jason Leventhal, who described the police evidence found as garbage.