Never one to go quietly, Steven Seagal is fighting back against recent allegations that he had a hand in killing the family dog of an Arizona man while filming a segment for his Steven Seagal: Lawman reality show. As you may recall, during a totally routine raid on the home of cockfighting suspect Jesus Llovera, Seagal captained a SWAT tank to lead dozens of officers in riot gear as they first set off explosives as a distraction, then knocked down Llovera’s fence and a surrounding wall, blew out the windows in his house, swarmed his family living room, and killed the approximately 100 or so chickens they found on the property.
Caught in the fray, according to Llovera, was his family's 11-month-old puppy, which Llovera claims was shot by police. After being presented with a notice outlining those events, as well as Llovera’s intention to file a lawsuit for the damages, and demand for a written apology from Seagal to his children for the death of their puppy, both Seagal and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio—the star of his own mental TV show, one where he's a maverick detective who's the spitting image of James Garner—have responded that the claim is “without merit,” with Seagal adding that he is “outraged.”
Still, Arpaio and Seagal haven’t actually disputed anything related to the excessiveness of the raid or the resulting property damage—only the dog-slaughter charge, to which Arpaio responded, “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?” Of course, Llovera’s attorney pointed out that the letter does not explicitly accuse Seagal of personally shooting his dog, only that he wants an apology for orchestrating the events that led to his dog being killed in the ensuing destruction, all so Seagal’s reality TV show would have a properly exciting Arizona episode. But yeah, if Llovera really wanted that apology, why didn’t he think to take a photo of his murdered, bleeding puppy? That’s Arpaio’s posse man he’s slandering!