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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.

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