Article copied and pasted below describes receent vicious attacks by 3 K-9 German Shepherd dogs in the Braintree, MA police department. All dogs have been removed from deployment except the drug dog, Lucky. I don’t know anything about this story except what has been described in the news. The fact that all 3 incidents occurred in one town leads one to question the training and breeding of those dogs.
One dog attacked and seriously injured a police officer, one attacked a handler’s son and the third attacked his handler. The dog that attacked his handler was euthanized.
Officially, the dogs were given their walking papers by Frazier for attacking without command.
“There is a certain risk when deploying canines, not only to our officers but to our citizens as well,” Frazier said in a statement. “The inherent danger associated with their deployment far outweighs the benefit and as such I have I have made a decision to end their deployment.”
All three of the dogs were assigned to the department’s patrol division. That leaves the patrol division without any dogs.
One Braintree canine team, made up of Patrol Officer Richard Seibert and his dog Lucky, will remain on duty. Lucky is trained exclusively in drug detection.
Frazier said he has informed Mayor Joseph Sullivan of his decision.
Frazier said Patrol Officer Kristine Lydon “was the victim of a vicious attack” by one of the department’s dogs on April 28.
Lydon was assisting with Sgt. Michael Want and Patrol Officer William Cushing Jr. on a call reporting two missing youths. Want located the youths, and the officers were about to leave the area, the chief said.
Lydon was standing near her cruiser when police canine Kitt escaped from the rear of another cruiser. The dog ran past Cushing, his handler, and attacked Lydon.
“Officer Lydon suffered a serious leg injury and was transported to Boston Medical Center,” Frazier said. “She underwent surgery and has since been released from the hospital.”
The chief said Lydon faces additional surgery.
The attack on Lydon was the third incident in a short period of time involving the department’s canines, prompting the review by Frazier.
Police dog Dargo was discovered to have a genetic impairment after attacking his handler and needed to be euthanized, he said.
Yento, another police dog, attacked a handler’s son at their home, the chief said.
Police dogs are usually used in searches for suspects and missing persons, with some trained to detect drugs or explosives.
Frazier was unavailable for comment Wednesday on what will happen to the dogs that had been assigned to the patrol division. Police dogs normally live with their handlers.
The chief, who is retiring Aug. 3, recommends a “very thorough, independent review of the K-9 program” be conducted before it is reinstated.
“It’s bad enough that one of our finest officers has become a victim of a K-9 attack, but if this was a member of the general public, the town could be sued,” Frazier said.
Fred Hanson may be reached at [email protected].
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