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BOTCHED POLICE RESPONSE LEADS TO DOG DEATH, SUIT

A man has filed suit against the city of Winter Springs, accusing two of its police officers of mistaking his home for someone else's, hauling him outdoors without clothes and shooting dead his Rottweiler.

The suit, filed Thursday, seeks unspecified damages.

William A. Riggin alleges he was showering when officers "stormed" into his home May 14, 2006. They thought they were three houses down, responding to a home alarm.

Police said the officers walked in through an unlocked sliding glass door, and when the 130-pound dog, a 3-year-old named Dirk, lunged at one of the officers, he shot it.

The dog died about a half hour later. Police did not allow Riggin to tend to him until it was too late, according to the suit.

It alleges the Police Department was negligent and Riggin has suffered humiliation, emotional pain and the loss of his pet.

At the time, police said part of the problem was Riggin lived in a neighborhood where some addresses were unmarked or poorly marked.

"It was an incident we wish didn't happen," police Capt. Kevin Brunelle said Friday.

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