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Woman files claim against Buffalo, police in fatal shooting of dog

An Elma woman has filed a notice of claim against the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department, the police commissioner and two detectives, accusing one of the officers of fatally shooting her dog last year while executing a search warrant at a home on the city’s East Side.

Brook Thurber, 23, was arrested on drug charges during the incident at around 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31 on Poultney Avenue where she and her dog were staying with friends, according to attorney Matthew A. Albert, who filed the notice on Wednesday.

She alleges that 10 to 12 SWAT officers arrived at the home to execute a search warrant that named the male resident who was not home. She said the officers ordered her and another man to get down on the floor, and one of the detectives kicked her in the thigh.

Albert said Thurber, who had previously lost a dog in a police shooting, pleaded with the officers not to shoot her 2-year-old pit bill Coco, who was cowering in a corner, and to let her put him in his kennel, but the detective shot him.

Albert said the officers seized the dead animal, took $1,600 from her and forced her to sign a statement about the missing male resident and his alleged drug activity.

She faces further proceedings on the drug charges at 9:30 a.m. Monday before City Court Judge JaHarr Pridgen.