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September 1, 2011
SHERIFF ARPAIO AND LAWMAN STEVEN SEAGALINFURIATED BY CLAIMS LABELING THEMDOG KILLERS
Seagal Considering a Counter Suit
(Phoenix, AZ) From Toronto, Canada to Sydney, Australia and from TMZ toMSNBC, an Arizona man and his attorney are falsely claiming that actor anddeputy sheriff Steven Seagal, under the authority of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, killed an 11 month old puppy by shooting it in the head during a raidon a cockfighting suspect’s west valley Phoenix area home in March of this year.The allegation, which is completely without merit, has been the subject of innumerable media stories over the last few days. Officials from the A&Enetwork have been inundated with calls for comment and Seagal himself hasreceived harassing comments and calls from associates who have been led tobelieve by published media reports that the actor was somehow responsible forthe death of this dog.The Sheriff and Seagal, along with numerous deputies and posse volunteers whowere present at the March 9th raid at 6642 West Ellis Drive in Laveen, AZ sayno dog was even injured, much less killed, during the operation. In fact, nofirearm was discharged during the course of this operation.According to witnesses at the raid, a dog was present on Jesus Llovera’s propertywhen deputies and SWAT team members, of whom Seagal was one, entered thepremises with a search warrant to arrest Llovera on cockfighting charges andseize all evidence pertaining to the crime.