Man challenges lawsuit fee requirement after police kill dog

Published on April 18, 2017 at 01:04PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who filed a lawsuit seeking $2 million after Salt Lake City police shot and killed his dog has challenged two laws requiring extra fees when suing a law-enforcement officer. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that on Monday dog owner Sean Kendall’s attorney argued that the laws violate due process and equal protection rights. People who sue law-enforcement officers are required to post a bond to cover the officer’s attorney fees and court costs and pay at least $300 for an “undertaking.” The laws are meant to protect officers from unwarranted lawsuits. Earlier this year, a judge ruled against Kendall’s $2 million lawsuit, saying he didn’t establish either an unconstitutional search or seizure in the 2014 shooting of his 90-pound dog in his backyard. He has appealed the ruling.