New Zealand Dog News

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February 27, 2010

Police dog puts innocent man in hospital

A 63-year-old who chased an intruder at his property was savaged by a police dog that attacked the wrong man.

Dogs shouldn't attack, they should hold the person down....

"It was a dirty big black German shepherd that came screaming towards me, with 12 foot of lead hanging off it, no dog handler ... and chewed the living Christ out of my left leg," Brett Abraham said from Auckland City Hospital yesterday.

Man, that would have been scary!@

Last night, Mr Abraham was recovering after two hours of surgery to open up and clean out the bite wounds - one on his upper left thigh, the other his lower leg.


Inspector Mark Hall, of the Auckland dog section, said a dog handler saw the intruder cycling towards him and ordered him to stop.

"He failed to do so and the dog was released and commanded to apprehend the offender," he said. "Unfortunately, the offender swerved away from the dog and the dog has continued on and bitten the victim."

So what does apprehend mean? Bite the crap out of the offender's leg or arm?

How many offender's DO get caught by a police dog, and what are their BITES like?

An Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry is under way.

And we'll be watching. That would be two inderway, I'd say... because there's another police dog that bite an innocent man. How many are there that don't get reported?

Mr Abraham has been told he will have more surgery on Monday. He had to cancel flights and motel bookings for a nine-day South Island holiday that was due to start yesterday.


Mr Hall said the officer involved was an experienced dog handler with a mature dog, which was under control before and during the incident.

So does the dog die? It's a loaded gun that doesn't have training. This is actually a dangerous dog. If this is called "under control'', man o man...


  • At 8:44 a.m., Blogger apbta_inc said…

    These incidents don't surprise me after a conversation I had with a vet who treated the German Shepherd who was the most popular stud used by the police.
    He said not only did they have to muzzle this dog, but the vet had to climb onto the examination table and wait until the dog was hog-tied before he was safe to handle.
    And they demonise Pit Bulls? How many vets have to go through this routine before they can treat a Pit Bull.

  • At 1:42 p.m., Blogger g said…

    quite a lot actually! we have to shoot hundreds (300-500) from a safe distance a year because they cannot even be muzzled for euthanizing by lethal injection..

  • At 10:07 p.m., Blogger Brendan H. said…

    Excuse me for being sceptical G, but I find it hard to believe you. What line of work are you in which would require you to shoot an average of 1 to 2 Pit Bulls every day from a distance because they are so dangerous? The vet and nurses used to always say how great it was working with my dogs because they were so friendly. Real Pit Bulldogs should be friendly. If you have to shoot 300 to 500 dogs of any breed per year then you don't have a dog problem, but a human problem. BTW is "G" short for gansta?

  • At 12:58 p.m., Blogger g said…

    I suggest you look at the euthanasia figures nationwide for all shelters and societies Brendan. you may be in for a surprise..


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