N. Idaho officer’s pay cut after dog shooting

N. Idaho officer’s pay cut after dog shooting

A northern Idaho police officer whose superiors determined his shooting of a pet dog in a parked van violated policy has had his pay reduced.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that Coeur d’Alene Police Officer David Kelley’s hourly wage was cut by $3.15 to $31.02 per hour.

Information obtained by the newspaper through a public records request found the reduction started Oct. 1 for the officer who has 17 years of law enforcement experience.

Police on July 9 put out a statement that an officer responding earlier that day to a report of a suspicious van shot and killed a “vicious pit bull” that lunged for an officer’s face.

The dog turned out to be a 2-year-old black Labrador mix named Arfee, whose owner was in a coffee shop.