A Colorado town has agreed to pay a family $40,000 after one of its police officers shot and killed the family pet – a dog witnesses described as lacking any aggressive behavior and was, in fact, chewing a rawhide bone when she was shot.

The move by the town of Erie is the latest development in a long string of such shootings on which WND has reported.

ABC’s affiliate in Denver reported the decision to make the payment to Brittany Moore for the shooting of her German shepherd, Ava, ended four years of litigation.

The dog was shot by Erie police officer Jamie Chester when he went to her home after she reported a threatening telephone call.

Charges were not filed against the officer because the Boulder County prosecuting attorney found the officer “justified in using deadly and physical force.”

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