According to the Associated Press, actor Steven Seagal and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have denied accusations by a Phoenix man that his puppy was killed during a raid filmed for Seagal's A&E reality TV show 'Steven Seagal: Lawman.'
Seagal reportedly took part in a March 9 raid at the home of Jesus Llovera, who alleges that the actor arrived at his home with a tank, which he rammed into a gate on his property, and that an 11-month-old puppy was killed during the raid along with 100 roosters.
Seagal said he's outraged by the allegation, and Sheriff Arpaio said it is without merit. "If my deputies, or posse man Seagal for that matter, had done something so awful like shooting a family dog, then where are the photos to prove it?" Arpaio asked.
Llovera's attorney, Robert Campos, told the Associated Press that his client didn't accuse action star Seagal "of having anything to do with the death of his puppy. He just wanted an apology from Seagal for his role in the destruction of my client's home, property and animals."
According to witnesses, a dog was present on Llovera's property when deputies and SWAT team members, including Seagal, entered the premises with a search warrant to arrest him on cockfighting charges and seize all evidence pertaining to the crime.
Llovera is seeking $25,000 in damages against the sheriff's office for humiliation, emotional distress and property damage that he says were inflicted during the raid.