MOSES LAKE, WASH – A federal jury has ruled a Grant County Sheriff’s Corporal was not liable for malicious injury to a pet in the shooting of a Moses Lake man’s dog in 2010. However, the jury did award damages on one claim in the case.
Deputies said a Pit-bull and Rottweiler mix charged at Cpl. Beau Lamens’ K9 dog, Maddox, during a drug search in Neppel Park.
Deputies say Cpl. Lamens tried to stop Slyder, the dog owned by Nick Criscuolo, by giving him three large kicks. When Slyder did not retreat, Lamens shot and killed the dog.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s office investigated the shooting immediately after and cleared Lamens of any wrongdoing according to deputies.
Criscuolo took the incident to court, filing a civil lawsuit against Cpl. Lamens and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The court dismissed four of five claims Criscuolo made against Cpl. Lamens. The jury’s verdict denied claims that Lamens violated Criscuolo’s Fourth Amendment rights, acted outrageous and maliciously injured a pet, and acted recklessly in protecting Maddox.
The jury did not award any emotional distress damages to Criscuolo, but did determine Cpl. Lamens willfully destroyed Slyder without lawful justification, and awarded him $3,842 in damages.