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Fri., July 11, 2014, 8:37 a.m.

Owner Of Arfee Distraught, May Sue

Craig Jones made the following comments to the Coeur d'Alene Press re: having his dog, Arfee, shot by a Coeur d'Alene police officer in downtown Coeur d'Alene Wednesday morning:

"I was like, 'If my dog's still alive I need to take him to a vet.' No call, no call," Jones said. "Then finally they said, 'Oh your dog is heading to the humane society and he will either be frozen for you to pick him up or we will pay to have him cremated.'" Jones, who is from Coeur d'Alene originally but now lives in Colorado, told The Press that he is in town for a "couple of weeks" due to the death of his mother. Arfee, Jones said, went everywhere with him and was the "smiling face" that made it easier to deal with the loss of his mother. On Thursday, Jones said he hired an attorney to represent him in a lawsuit against the police department. "I won't have peace of mind unless I set this right," Jones said. "There's no way I can just return to Colorado without my dog. I was planning on moving back up here actually and was just going to go back to get my stuff. But something like this is such a catastrophic thing in my life that I don't know where I can go to escape it. There's going to be a cloud over my head for a long time." More here. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press: Craig Jones' daughter, Aaliyah, holds a young Arfee)

Also: Arfee, dog shot by Coeur d'Alene officer, was a lab, not a pitbull/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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