Police Dog Violently Attacks 3 After Escape
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In a recent horrific incident, three people were wounded by an escaped police dog that wreaked havoc on a Florida community.
Police Dog Goes on Rampage
A K-9 unit escaped from his handler’s yard in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s believed that the police dog dug his way out of an enclosed fence. After escaping, the dog violently attacked not one, but three people. Hundreds of graphic images detailing the attack were released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. These images show blood spatters, bloody paw prints, and other evidence of the dog’s maulings. Thankfully, no fatalities occurred in the attacks, but all three victims suffered extensive harm.
According to First Coast News, all victims had to be sent to the hospital, receiving stitches and other care from bites to fingers, legs, and arms. The JSO has refused to comment on the case so far; additionally, it’s unclear if the dog in question was in active service or retired. It’s important to note that K-9 units cannot be identified without identifying their handler.
Are Police Dogs A Problem?
While it’s not common for a police dog to attack off-duty, it seems to be more common than it should be. An off-duty police dog, Max, attacked his handler’s toddler in late 2022. Another late 2022 attack involved a K-9 named Sunny, who ran free and attacked a couple viciously. While clearly not all K-9 units are involved in unprovoked attacks, the frequency of these incidents brings the safety of K-9 units into question for the public.
Police dogs have been the subject of debate in recent years. While there’s no dispute that K-9 units can be helpful to the police force, the ethics of training police dogs have been questioned. Some point out that letting trained dogs loose on criminals doesn’t seem particularly humane. Police dogs can do serious damage, even when trained professionally for years. And some have questioned if K-9 units are able to truly understand that they can only attack when commanded. All that said, it’s important to note that not all police dogs are trained for this use; some dogs are trained to be sniffer dogs, therapy dogs, or serve other purposes.
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