Mesa pays $13k after police officers lose woman’s dog; did the city get a bargain? asks Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group litigation attorney on channel 3

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 MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) –A Valley woman with a mental disability says she is still “torn up” emotionally after Mesa police officers lost her dog.

The City of Mesa paid Dawn Bennett $13,000 in January to avoid any lawsuits related to the incident at a motel on Main Street, according to documents obtained by KTVK/KPHO.

“We would like to express our apologies for this incident which resulted in your dog, Dakota, being lost,” wrote the city in a letter accompanying the settlement check. “The Mesa Police Department undertook great efforts to locate Dakota. Many animal shelter shelters and dog rescue organizations were visited as well as searching the Salt River bed area.”