Lawsuit over dog-death case settled

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Lawyers tentatively settled a lawsuit by a Chandler police officer who accused Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of violating his rights by arresting the officer in the death of his police dog.
 
A lawyer for Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy says in a filing Friday that the case has been settled.
 
The deal will require approval from county officials before it's completed.

According to the sheriff's office, Lovejoy struck a deal with county officials for $175,000.
 
Lovejoy was charged with animal abuse in the August 2007 death of his dog. 
 
The dog died from excessive heat after being left in a hot police vehicle for 12 hours.
 
Lovejoy was acquitted of the charge and alleges that Arpaio, in arresting the officer, wanted publicity to show he was tough on animal abusers.
 
Arpaio argues that Lovejoy lacks evidence connecting the sheriff to Lovejoy's arrest.

Press Release on Lovejoy case from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office