Chuwie, a miniature Doberman-Pomeranian mix, weighs only 7 pounds. That didn’t prevent the dog from yapping fiercely at an intruder in his home early one morning in October of 2010.
The barking in turn didn’t prevent the intruder, who turned out to a narcotics cop raiding the Bronx apartment, from slapping at the pooch, sending it hurtling out a three-story window.
“How could a police officer do that to a tiny dog?” said Iris Ramos, whose son-in-law owns Chuwie, according to the New York Post.
A better question is how a police officer could do that to any dog. Chuwie was simply being an effective watchdog, protecting three young children who live in the apartment. According to the dog’s owner, 27-year-old Ronald Estevez, Chuwie hasn’t been the same since.
The family is now suing the NYPD in Bronx Civil Court for unspecified damages, including $300 in vet bills. The suit also alleges false arrests—no drugs were found—and claims that when the police vacated the premises, $1,200 in cash, a gold bracelet, and several documents were missing.
The family’s attorney, Jeffrey Emdin, noted that Ramos’ brother, daughter, son-in-law, and niece were arrested for drug possession but that their cases were later dismissed. Emdin added, “None of these people have any criminal history at all.”
Although the Post reports that the NYPD has declined comment, court papers state that the officers stormed a bedroom occupied by Ramos’ niece Stacey Acevedo and her three toddlers, ages 3, 4 and 5.
The protective pooch reportedly jumped on a bed and began barking. It was at this point that one of the officers inexplicably backhanded the dog four feet across the apartment and out the window.
After Estevez was handcuffed, he noticed another officer enter the apartment holding Chuwie. He is quoted as asking, “How did my dog get outside?”
Luckily, a stretch of lawn below the window cushioned Chuwie’s landing, but Estevez noticed the dog was gingerly holding up its injured right paw after the 25-foot fall.
“Chuwie was shaking—his hair was standing up—he was in a panic,” Estevez is quoted saying.
The plaintiffs also state that Chuwie refused to eat for days after the raid and is now afraid to leap from the couch to the floor.
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