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Woman Suing Melrose Park Cops For Giving Her Dog Away

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65 year old Sharon Balleu (Bell-u) is suing the Village of Melrose Park because of her missing dog, Beau. (Credit: STMW)

65 year old Sharon Balleu is suing the Village of Melrose Park because of her missing dog, Beau. (Credit: STMW)

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (CBS) — 65-year-old Sharon Balleu is suing the Village of Melrose Park because of her missing dog.

Two officers responded to her house on September 7, 2012, and took her to a mental hospital for an emotional problem.

They told her they would take her 10-year-old Maltese named Beau to a local veterinarian hospital, but instead registered it as a stray, and it was adopted out.

Her attorney, Chris Smith of the Chicago law firm Smith, Johnson and Antholdt, says someone needs to be held responsible.

“This hurts, and there is some pain and damage to her on that end but the number one goal would be to have her dog and that this never happened,” said Smith.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois and seeks a jury trial and punitive damages.

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