Rally to mark 1 year since Chloe the dog was shot by Commerce City Police

A rally to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Chloe the dog is scheduled to take place Sunday.

Organizers say it will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the King Soopers on E. 104th Ave. and Chambers Rd. in Thornton.

Chloe got loose from a dog sitter on Nov. 24, 2012. Officers responded when a 911 caller reported an aggressive pit bull loose in the neighborhood.

Officers said they spent 20 minutes trying to find a person responsible for the dog before deciding the dog needed to be caught and taken to the animal shelter. When officers approached Chloe inside an open garage, they said she continued to be aggressive.

Neighbors watched the encounter and one recorded a video that went viral online. It showed a female animal control officer put a catchpole around Chloe's neck and then struggle to control the dog. One police officer shot Chloe twice with a stun gun in the driveway. Finally, Office Robert Price came from behind and fired five shots at the dog.

Chloe died. Hundreds of residents protested.

Price was charged with cruelty to animals and aggravated animal cruelty but jurors found him not guilty.

Chloe’s owner, Gary Branson, and his attorneys at the Animal Law Center announced earlier this month that they are filing a civil lawsuit.

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