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Jury Awards $800K to Fresno Family for Civil Rights Violations, Dog Killing by Deputies



Before the two-week trial, Fresno County had offered the family of Veronica Ordaz Gonzalez $7,500 to settle the case. (Shutterstock)
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After more than three days of deliberations, a Superior Court jury ordered Fresno County to pay a Fresno family $800,000 in damages on Wednesday.

The jury of seven men and five women found that sheriff’s deputies violated the civil rights of family members and had no justification for killing their beloved dog Scooby in June 2018.

The county also will be on the hook for the family’s attorney fees. Fresno lawyers Nolan Kane and Warren Paboojian represented Veronica Ordaz Gonzalez and other family members.

Before the trial, the county had offered $7,500 to settle the case.

Read more from veteran court reporter Pablo Lopez at Fresno Spotlight.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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