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Off-duty Norfolk police dog bites 3; handler placed on leave

Off-duty Norfolk police dog bites 3; handler placed on leave

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk police dog bit three people after escaping from his off-duty handler’s back yard.

Norfolk police say the dog was unsupervised Tuesday when it leaped over the fence at the officer’s home. The three men were bit less than two blocks from the officer’s home and suffered non-life threatening puncture wounds.

Police said in a statement it’s unclear why the dog bit the men. The men refused medical treatment and the dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic to be treated for lacerations.

The dog has been with the Norfolk Police Department for three years and is now under quarantine. The dog’s handler has been assigned to a K-9 unit for three years and has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

 

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