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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   Fun fact: The doors on a police K9 vehicle that keep the dog inside can be remotely opened by a kid playing around with a garage door opener and may result in a bite to the groin   ( ajc.com) divider line
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2012-06-09 05:28:07 AM  
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I work with K9's on a daily basis and have attended "Decoy School" where you learn the ins and outs of having dogs maul you, chew on you, etc.

For the most part, these dogs are as docile as any other dog unless they are sent by their handler to do something, or they perceive an immediate threat. I'm sure that the door popping open was something unusual for the dog. It went out to investigate, saw somebody it didn't recognize and began to evaluate the situation. If the victim's first reaction here was to run, he made a mistake; these dogs often trained to apprehend fleeing suspects. Without a handler present it may have defaulted into thinking it's handler was injured and it should go after whatever was fleeing.

Also, a lot can be said for body language. If the guy approached the dog quickly, was afraid and tried to scare it off or made a challenge to the dog, the dog would respond in an aggressive manner. That's pretty much the same with any dog, regardless of training.

Regarding leaving a K9 in a patrol vehicle, it happens all the time. It's not unusual for an officer to leave the K9 in the car if they had to do something like use a restroom. There really isn't a need to spook a bunch of folks in Wal-Mart just because the officer had to go to the bathroom. The dog should have been secure and safe in the vehicle. The door coming open, for whatever reason, was unfortunate. However, that does not mean that the dog is a "vicious attack dog with rabies" or anything of the sort. There is no need to retire the dog or remove it from service. There is, however, a need to fix the root cause which appears to be a failure of the locking mechanism, and per the article the department is already working on a fix for that.
2012-06-08 11:55:44 PM  
2 votes:
The man should sue for unprovoked police brutality.
2012-06-09 09:17:40 AM  
1 vote:
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2012-06-09 09:13:10 AM  
1 vote:

wildlifer: I think the guy was taunting the dog, door opened, dog went after him.

If that's the case, oh how I wish I could see the look on his face. "Hey you stupid, ugly ass dog! Fark you! You're ugly! Your mom is a biatch! BARK BARK BARK! Hey dog, You suck! You stupid dumb ass poli-*POP* Oh. Shiat."
It would be like the Tom and Jerry cartoons, when Tom would tease the bulldog throw the window, and that one time he goes back to tease the dog, he doesn't realise the window is now open until the dog grabs him.

Epileptic Llama: If the victim's first reaction here was to run, he made a mistake

You do NOT run from a dog. Ever. (unless you think you can make it to the fence.) I am really surprised by how many people don't know how to react around dogs. I was in my yard with my husky who is all of 35 lbs. Some black kid came around from behind some bushes (where the fark did that kid come from?) right in front of my house, and my husky saw him, and so she was all like "Someone new to lick? hurray!" and trots over to him. Well the kid screams and runs, so of course the husky runs after. ("Yeah! he wants to play!). I had to yell several times for him to stop running.
2012-06-09 07:43:06 AM  
1 vote:
I wonder what would have happened had that guy had a pocket knife or something, and managed to get the upper hand and kill the dog.
2012-06-09 04:31:59 AM  
1 vote:
The guy that got bit is lucky he wasn't arrested for assaulting a police officer.
2012-06-09 04:03:41 AM  
1 vote:

profplump: Or do you have some evidence that this guy did anything other than stand outside and get attacked?

I don't have much evidence. All I really have is the past 15-33.000 years of peaceful canine-human interaction. But aside from this trivial thing, I have nothing except a lifetime where I've never seen someone RANDOMLY attacked by an animal. I've seen people IGNORANT of the reasons they just got bitten, but never randomly.
2012-06-09 03:44:48 AM  
1 vote:
I am confident that police will do a thorough review and that the dog will be put on a 10 day paid suspension.
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