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Mayor’s Dogs Killed In House Raid

In Berwyn Heights, MD the mayor's house was raided on a drug bust, his two black labs were shot, and now it appears the entire...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Aug 8th 2008


In Berwyn Heights, MD the mayor’s house was raided on a drug bust, his two black labs were shot, and now it appears the entire incident may have been a huge mistake.

Mayor Cheye Calvo got home from work, saw a package addressed to his wife on the front porch and brought it inside, putting it on a table.

Suddenly, police with guns drawn kicked in the door and stormed in, shooting to death the couple’s two dogs and seizing the unopened package.

In it were 32 pounds of marijuana. But the drugs evidently didn’t belong to the couple.

Chief of Police, Melvin High, is now saying Calvo and his family were “most likely … innocent victims, of a drug smuggling scheme in which packages were shipped to unknowing recipients and intercepted.” The officers have not apologized about shooting the dogs saying they felt threatened.

Calvo insisted the couple’s two black Labradors were gentle creatures and said police apparently killed them “for sport,” gunning down one of them as it was running away.

“Our dogs were our children,” said the 37-year-old Calvo. “They were the reason we bought this house because it had a big yard for them to run in.”

Mayor Calvo has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the county police raid on his home during which his dogs were killed, and the department agreed.

On Sunday night, supporters gathered on a ball field to pay tribute to the family and the dogs.