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Man to Sue Steven Seagal over Dog Killed during Reality Show Taping

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LAVEEN, Ariz. -- An Arizona man is planning to sue action star Steven Seagal, claiming his dog was killed in a raid on his home that was videotaped for the reality series "Steven Seagal: Lawman," TMZ reported Tuesday.

"Steven Seagal: Lawman" follows the actor -- a veteran of 1980s and 1990s action films such as "Above the Law" and "Hard to Kill" -- as he performs his duties as a volunteer deputy sheriff.

Jesus Sanchez Llovera alleges in a notice of claim that his 11-month-old puppy was shot and killed during a March 9 raid on his home in Laveen, Ariz. -- about eight miles southwest of Phoenix -- by Seagal and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

MCSO reportedly raided Llovera's home because they believed he was running an illegal cockfighting farm. Llovera said he only raises the birds "for show" and the raid was "unfounded."

Llovera said Seagal arrived at his home in a tank, backed up by a MCSO Tactical Operations Unit in riot gear. His attorney told FOX 10 it was all a stunt for Seagal's reality show.

"He had it staged he had the film crew there, they had their cameras rolling, after the arrest of my client they hassled my client pressured him to sign a release so they could use the film for their show," said attorney Robert Campos.

In addition to the puppy, he said more than 100 of his roosters were killed and "substantial damage" was done to his home.

He is asking for $100,000 in damages and a formal written apology from Seagal to Llovera's children "for the death of their 11-month old puppy, a beloved family pet."

Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is also named in the notice of claim, which is the first step toward a lawsuit.

He told us this is the first he's heard of any puppy getting killed, and denies it was a stunt for the cameras.

"I see cameras all the time watching Marshals, COPS, knocking doors down, what's the difference with this?" Arpaio said.

It should be noted, Llovera was indicted on one count of raising birds for cockfighting, as well as a charge of steroid possession related to raising those birds. His attorney says his client is a chicken farmer who raises them for show.

The case is still working its way through the legal system.

Story: www.tmz.com/2011/08/30/steven-seagal-lawsuit-tank-house-lawman-arizona-maricopa-county-raid-roosters-cockfight-lawsuit-illegal-puppy-dead-shot-killed-notice-of-claim-sheriff-joe-arpaio/

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