Oh, yes, it really happened:
Days after police burst into a home and arrested a pet owner, tests have shown that the owner's dog died of natural causes.Sending cops into a house with guns drawn because you don't approve of the way someone else handles their own property? To say this was overkill would be an understatement.
Court records showed that the dog suffered from a uterine infection for two weeks before the owner took it to the veterinarian and then refused treatment. The dog owner will not face additional charges in the case, prosecutors said.
The Nebraska Humane Society has since defended its use of force in the case, saying it was trying to save what it believed was a dog in danger. (video)
But perhaps when Obamacare is passed, and people have free health coverage for their pets, this kind of thing won't happen.