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Please note this was NOT posted to incite a fight. I feel for the poor officer with the bee stings. :eek:

http://www.surreyad.co.uk/news/index.html?article18051


Spaniel attacked by police alsatian

25/08/2006

A PET Cavalier King Charles spaniel was set upon by a police dog during a training exercise at the Surrey Research Park in Guildford.

The German shepherd lunged when officers in charge of the training dog were hidden in bushes, one of them with trousers round his ankles.

The two policemen were carrying out a search and track exercise for the dog to find a hidden officer, but during the exercise the hidden officer disturbed a wasp nest.

As the handler, who was holding the police dog on a leash, came to the hidden officer’s assistance, while he removed wasps from inside his clothing, the incident happened. A police spokesman said the German shepherd lunged at the two-year-old spaniel as an instinctive reaction to protect the officer.

After details were taken from Janet Mandeville, Ozzy’s owner, the policeman who had been attacked was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital where he was treated for multiple stings. Mrs Mandeville, of Joseph’s Road, Guildford, said the officers acted very quickly and Ozzy only suffered a small puncture wound. However, she expressed concerns that she was not aware that training exercises were being carried out in this area. “I would not have taken my dog down to that vicinity,” she said.

A police spokesman said environmental training is an essential ongoing programme carried out at various locations across the county while dog units are waiting to be sent to incidents. “It keeps the dogs keen and allows them to practice skills,” the spokesman said. “Permission is sought to exercise in these areas and the security guards at the Surrey Research Park encourage training at this location.

“The police dog’s action was a natural response to the sudden appearance of an unleashed, unknown dog close to the incapacitated officer.”

The day after the incident, a sergeant from the dog section at Surrey Police, called Mrs Mandeville to apologise.
Although happy with how the incident was handled by the police, she was told off for not having Ozzy on a leash.

“Mine was not on a leash, but the German shepherd was a trained animal,” she said.

A statement from Surrey Police said: “Although understandably upset, the owner of the dog seemed happy with the way Surrey Police handled the incident and did not wish to make a formal complaint.

“This was an unfortunate, extraordinary incident, brought about by a number of unpredictable factors. Police dogs are highly trained and responsive to their handlers’ commands. However, they are obviously still animals and will have a natural response to certain situations. Surrey Police will continue to carry out environmental training to prepare dogs for the operational situations they face.”
 

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Kristen Cabe said:
However, she expressed concerns that she was not aware that training exercises were being carried out in this area. “I would not have taken my dog down to that vicinity,” she said.......“The police dog’s action was a natural response to the sudden appearance of an unleashed, unknown dog close to the incapacitated officer.”..... Although happy with how the incident was handled by the police, she was told off for not having Ozzy on a leash........ “Mine was not on a leash, but the German shepherd was a trained animal,” she said.......
“Mine was not on a leash, but the German shepherd was a trained animal,” she said. Sheesh........ ](*,)
 

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Please note this was NOT posted to incite a fight.
I have never liked "Police Officer articles"...and I downright dislike discussing them in public ON THIS WORKING DOG FORUM...

...specially when a good portion of the dog training advice here comes from Law Enforcement.

Please Kristen...do not feel compelled to explain yourself. You have a right to free speech...as I do.
 

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Andres Martin said:
.......I have never liked "Police Officer articles"...
...specially when a good portion of the dog training advice here comes from Law Enforcement.......Please Kristen...do not feel compelled to explain yourself. You have a right to free speech...as I do.
Andres, I feel exactly the same way. I don't know if it's anything to do with the membership here; for me, it has more to do with the amazing lack of credible reporting I see all the time in articles about LEOs and K-9s.
 
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