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Protections for Police Dog in Patrol Car Fail—Fatally

Houston police say air-conditioned vehicle shut off without warning, killing K9 Aron

(Newser) - A police dog in Texas died in a "tragic accident" Monday as the air-conditioned patrol car the 4-year-old was housed in unexpectedly lost power. The handler of the Houston Police Department dog named Aron had left him in a "running, air-conditioned patrol vehicle, which is a necessary and...

Cop Left K9 Partner in Truck for 22 Hours

Sgt. Dallas Wingate of Boone County, Iowa, resigned after death, could still face charges

(Newser) - A police dog in Iowa died in September after being left in a deputy's patrol vehicle for 22 hours. Court documents reveal the Boone County Sheriff's K9 known as Bear was found dead in the truck of his partner, Sgt. Dallas Wingate, who could face charges, around 8pm...

Gig Driver Who Missed Car Rental Payments Mauled by K9

Ali Badr is suing city of San Ramon, Calif., for excessive force after being pulled over by cops

(Newser) - A gig driver badly mauled by a police dog is suing a San Francisco area suburb, alleging use of excessive force and violation of civil rights when police stopped him in December 2020 after he'd missed car rental payments, reports the AP . Dashboard and body-camera videos obtained by the...

There Was a Problem With Tale of K-9 Shot by Suspect

Thurston County Sheriff K-9 Arlo was wounded by friendly fire, investigation finds

(Newser) - For weeks, in a wake of attention promoted by law enforcement, residents of Washington state followed the story of a sheriff's department K-9 that the media reported had been shot by a suspect during a high-speed chase. A GoFundMe page set up by the Thurston County Deputy Sheriff's...

Trooper Faces Felony Charge for Leaving K-9 on Suspect

Suspect was bitten multiple times

(Newser) - A Michigan State Police trooper who left a K-9 on an unarmed suspect for almost four minutes as the man begged for mercy is facing a felony charge. Graphic dashcam footage from the Nov. 13 arrest shows the German shepherd placing the suspect in a hold and appearing to bite...

Attacks by Police Dogs Stay Off Radar

Those bitten are nearly all male, disproportionately Black

(Newser) - There's evidence of another way force is used disproportionately, often without accountability, by police departments around the country. About 3,600 people—almost all men—are treated in emergency rooms each year for bites inflicted by police dogs. Statistics for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Ferguson,...

Video Shows K9 Repeatedly Bite Compliant Black Man

Months later, Salt Lake City officer is placed on leave

(Newser) - K9s are off the job for now in Salt Lake City after police footage showed a dog repeatedly biting a Black man kneeling on the ground with his hands up. Lawyers for Jeffrey Ryans, 36, say the April 24 attack left him with leg gashes that looked like they were...

Navy Investigating 'Target' Used in K9 Attack Demo

Military dogs went after man dressed as Colin Kaepernick at National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

(Newser) - In addition to US service members, military dogs are sent onto battlefields to help defeat foes, and a demonstration last year at a Florida nonprofit was meant to show how that's done. But video has now emerged of that demo in Fort Pierce at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum,...

Deputy Settles Beef Between K9, Cow With Stun Gun

South Carolina sheriff's deputy had to step in

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy responding to a burglary call in South Carolina was forced to settle a beef between his K9 and a spooked cow by using a stun gun, the AP reports. Georgetown County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Pleasant Hill community on Wednesday when a K9...

Cops Couldn't Find Missing Boy. They Went to Plan B

K9 team tracks down 3-year-old with autism in 28 minutes in Florida

(Newser) - For two hours on Sunday, sheriff's deputies methodically scoured the woods in a Pensacola suburb, frantically searching for a 3-year-old boy with autism who'd vanished. They came up empty, so they decided to pull out the big guns: the K9 team. "Once the [dogs] hit the ground,...

Drug Dog Collapses, Dies After Prison Search

Officials believe reaction to synthetic pot killed Jake

(Newser) - An Alabama Department of Corrections drug-sniffing dog was carrying out a contraband search at a prison last week when he sniffed out something that killed him. Authorities say Jake, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, collapsed after detecting the substance during a contraband search Thursday at the Staton Correctional Facility, the Montgomery ...

Shock Mall Shootout Goes Badly for Canine Officer

Cigo went after the gang member, police say

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's K-9 officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Christmas Eve while helping officers take down a suspect, USA Today reports. The encounter began at a mall in Wellington, Fla., when officers confronted two men wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery. Justin Vazquez,...

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