Young child sent to hospital after being bit by trainee police dog

Aug 12 2019, 9:37 am

The Calgary Police Service has launched an examination after a child was sent to hospital due to being bitten by a trainee police service dog.

At around 1:40 pm on Saturday, August 10, the dog was being groomed by an off-duty CPS Canine Unit officer on the officer’s deck.

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A release from CPS states that the officer’s young child was bitten by the dog after they came onto the deck, resulting in serious injuries that required a visit to the hospital.

“We are very concerned for our member and his family who were involved in this incident,” said Inspector Nancy Farmer of the CPS Support Section.

“While we take this incident very seriously, it is important to recognize the vital role that our Police Service Dogs play in the Calgary Police Service. These animals require a high level of socialization, and being at home with their handlers during their time off is critical to developing a strong bond between the dog and their officer.”

The child was released from the hospital by Sunday and the dog in question has been moved to the kennels at the Calgary Police Service.

The release notes that “while concerning, an event such as this is considered to be extremely rare,” and that an examination of the incident is ongoing.