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Favor Turns Foul When Pa. Police Dog Attacks Girl

Favor Turns Foul When Pa. Police Dog Attacks Girl

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Associated Press

September 02, 2010

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — A Pennsylvania officer’s good deed backfired after his K-9 bit a 6-year-old girl who missed her bus to school and was offered a ride in the police cruiser.

Police in the western Pennsylvania town of McKeesport say the dog lunged at the girl Wednesday morning and bit her in the stomach when the girl’s mother opened the back door of the police car. The dog then bit the mother’s finger and the officer’s arm as they tried to wrestle the dog off the child.

The girl and her mother are being treated at a hospital. The officer’s arm was injured.

The dog is a 5-year police veteran and is being kept at the officer’s home while police investigate.

Police say the officer knew the girl and her mother and was trying to do them a favor.

Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    jp208

    almost 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    Prayers to everyone. Hope all works out well in the end for the officer and his partner.

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    musicnut777

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    You have to remember this was a freak accident as the mother of the girl probably did not realize the dog when she opened the BACK door of the police cruiser( where a child would normally sit). I beleive this was a complete freak accident and I'm glad that the officer and mother got the dog under control and that the little girl is ok.

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    Will_SP

    almost 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    Aren't the dogs kept separate in the back seat with a divider/cage? Wouldn't the girl have been sitting in the front with the officer? I'm just wondering how the dog even got access to anybody without the handler having control over him.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Way too much going on here. All I have to say is I hope everyone recovers quickly and no lasting harm was done and I hope the officer and his K9 partner do NOT have to worry about their jobs after this.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Speedy recovery to all. Hopefully everyone will be back at work as soon as possible.

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    tatorhead

    almost 4 years ago

    106 Comments

    IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BULLDOG, EVERYONE WOULD HAVE WANTED IT PUT DOWN.

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    kuhnkejer

    almost 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    This is a sad story. My question is if the victim didn't want the officer to lose his job(Don't think he will) then who called the media.

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    The dog protecting the inside of his work area.............He was more then likely trained to protect the car.......The officer should of realized this could be a problem!

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    CAZ

    almost 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    Prayers go out to everyone who was injured during this very unfortunate incident.

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    QTPIE

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    A police K9 is NOT a trained attack dog!!! They are trained K9 OFFICERS. A junk yard dog would be closer o the description of trained attack dog and even using trained there is a stretch. Accidents happen and there isn't always someone to blame

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    KarenLee

    almost 4 years ago

    3856 Comments

    Thank you for post Top_Cat, makes things look a little better for the officer and his partner

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    bikecop45

    almost 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    Whether the animal is a working dog or domestic owned pet, I have found from experince in my military and civilian life, owning several varieties of dogs, that they all can still be at some point in their lives, unpredictable or moody. Their brain is like a 2 year old child. They are always very protective of owners,handlers and their families and never to be taken for granted. In this case, something the dog noticed or didn't like, alerted him and elevated his sense of attack response, resulted in the bite incident. You may never even know what it was that was the neurostimulus responsible

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    manintan

    almost 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    ive been around service k-9's. highly alert and protective is just the beginning with a well trained k-9.

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    delano388

    almost 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    there are so many things wrong here

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    95Zcar

    almost 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    in a word "Ooops"

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