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Handler Blamed When K9 Killed Another Dog

Handler Blamed When K9 Killed Another Dog

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

March 19, 2011

SAN LEANDRO, CA – The San Leandro Police Department has ruled that the handler of a police dog failed to follow proper procedures when the off-duty canine attacked and killed another dog in a Brentwood park.

In a statement announced Friday, the department said its investigation found that the handler of the police dog, a German Shepherd named Arago, “did not follow proper procedures related to Arago’s control and supervision.”

The dog and his handler will remain on duty, Lt. Jeff Tudor said.

Authorities did not reveal if the handler had been disciplined or not, saying that because it is a personnel matter “further details of the administrative investigation are confidential,” police said.

The incident occurred Dec. 26 when Brentwood resident Adam Lovell said he was walking Chloe, a 6-year-old Finnish Spitz, on a walking trail behind his home.

He came upon a group walking three dogs, including Arago, who suddenly attacked Chloe and sank his teeth in her back, Lovell said shortly after the incident.

Two days later, and after a visit to the veterinarian, Chloe died.

The dog’s handler, who was not with the group walking Arago, apologized and paid for the treatment, Lovell said in January.

Arago, one of three San Leandro police K-9 unit dogs, lived with his handler at his Brentwood home at the time of the incident.

  • French_avatar_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "The dog’s handler, who was not with the group walking Arago,"

    Who the hell had the POLICE dog then? Don't tell me the wifey or buddy had his K9 out for a walk or something, jeeeez.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Not enough information to decide anything but that this was a sad thing to happen.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This goes beyond Leo violations, this goes directly to death. Animal or not, if it were one of my girls, (yorkies) and she died, so would Arago even though I truly love animals and prefer them over alot of two legged dogs.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump darsavo on this one.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Very sad, i too wonder who was walking Arago, and why? Too many holes in the story. It was nice to read that the acting handler took responsibility for Arago's actions and offered payment for medical bills but as a dog owner and lover myself i know that it still won't fill the void left when you lose a loving family pet. Also are there leash laws here, we have them where i live and if the dog is not on a leash and something happens the owner can be penalized and the animal seized? Still it is a sad read as K-9's provide an infallable service to the department and community.

  • Thinker_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Information missing and maybe by intent. Maybe another K-9 handler was walking the dog because the handler was on vacation or something, would that be a violation? Maybe a relative was walking the dog because the handler was on vacation which then may be a violation of Department policy, we don't know.

    I think it says something that the handler accepted responsibility. I feel sorry for the owner of the other dog as I would be might pissed off if another dog bit and killed my dog, especially if my dog was on a leash and in full compliance with all laws.

    Apparently the handler was in violation of some department policy and now he will be subjected to whatever comes his way; however I do not feel it appropriate to judge the officer as I certainly do not know all the facts and I bet most others on here don't know either...

  • Swat_logo_max50


    over 3 years ago


    @robey - It doesn't work like that. Some dogs are just aggressive toward other animals. That is why in K9 training we train along side of other K9's to get them to fight the natural "pecking order" instinct. We do this mainly during obedience training and the handler is always present. Even with the command, your K9 has to be "switched on" in order to take off on a bite command. If you get the chance to check out some K9 training, definitely do so. It is a great opportunity to see how they work and understand what is going on in the field. Stay Safe!!!

  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sad story indeed!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    This is a sad situation for all. I don't think there are any winners. Huge respect for the officer for taking financial responsibility.

  • Chuck_norris_homeless_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    didn't you teach them to only attack on command?

  • 041105-o-9999g-012_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sad for all

  • Image_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I always hate to hear a bad K-9 story. I know it doesn't seem like there is not enough info but all the info needed to know is was the handler there? In this case the handler was not there. Poor lapse of judgement on the handler's part. There is no excuse. A trained police K-9 has no business being handled by someone else other than his handler or another certified K-9 handler to prevent liability to the officer and the agency. I'm sorry ladies and gentlemen... thumbs down...

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The handler should have been the one walking the K9. The officer did the right thing in stepping up and paying the vet bill.

  • 100_1019_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Not sure what to say!!!

  • Geiger_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sad story :(

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