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On the facts you provided--dogs got out, police came in and searched jewlery boxes and closets--yes your rights were trampled by the government.
It would be informative to hear the police departments version of events. I suspect their reports will round out the facts a bit (timelines, reason for entry, basis for animal control contacting police). Contact a Denver area attorney who can review all the documents and determine what options you may have.
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It does sound like you were subject to an unlawful search. You may want to talk to an attorney. However, keep in mind that the primary remedy for a 4th Amendment violation is the suppression of evidence obtained during the search. A significant civil action is much harder to pursue.
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