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13-year-old California boy injured in attack by police dog

Police departments throughout California, and elsewhere, have added trained dogs to their forces. Often aiding in the discovery of evidence and the apprehension of suspects, these K-9 officers have become valuable members of their departments. The law enforcement agencies that rely on police dogs generally take steps to ensure the safety of the animals, as well as the public. This includes not allowing the dogs out of the vehicle unless they are directly involved in a police action, or are under the direct supervision of their handlers.

A police dog in Tracy attacked a 13-year-old boy recently, sending him to the hospital. The teen suffered bruises to his body and dog bite injuries to his arm in the dog attack. According to reports, he attempted to run away when the dog came barreling at him, but was unable to outrun the K-9. The teen was reportedly released after being taken by ambulance to the hospital. It was not made clear, however, whether he would suffer any scarring or require additional medical treatment as a result of his injuries.

The dog appears to have gotten out of the vehicle after the back door was opened, according to reports. The officer who was with the dog had reportedly stepped away from his vehicle after securing it, leaving his K-9 in the backseat. It remains unknown to the public at this time how the door could be opened, or if there may have been some negligence on the part of the officer.

Dog attacks can cause physical, as well as emotional, injuries. Especially when such attacks are unprovoked, dog owners may bear some liability. People who have been the victims of situations such as this may find it helpful to discuss their options for pursuing compensation with a legal professional.

Source: KCRA.com, “Tracy teen attacked by police K-9 after finishing homework,” Sarah Heise, Jan. 23, 2015

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