New Zealand Dog News

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May 25, 2010

Another victim tells of police dog attack

The title says "another"... hum... how many are there?

Checking a burglar alarm on a neighbour's property has left a south Auckland man with nerve damage to his hand after he was bitten by a police dog.

Kevin Oglesby, 44, from Papatoetoe went to investigate a burglar alarm at a neighbour's house before returning to his own property where the dog came over a fence and latched onto him, the Weekend Herald reported.

He said the police dog handler was ordering the dog to release him but it was not until the handler had his hands around the dog's neck that the dog released its grip.

Another well trained police dog!

I just heard from a person who was trialling a dog at their place (for rehoming possibility) that they decided not to keep the dog because their neighbour had a police dog who was constantly attacking the fence and trying to attack their dog.

The bite severed a nerve in his little finger and puncturing his arm in several places.

Doctors at Middlemore Hospital reattached the finger nerve.

This is not just a simple operation! Is the police dog going to die because of this? Other dogs do and their owners get fined and sentenced.

Mr Oglesby told his story after reading of another police dog incident when a lawnmowing contractor was bitten as he helped police track the teenage driver of a stolen car in Avondale on Thursday.

In February Auckland man Brett Abraham, 63, was attacked as he chased an intruder from his Epsom home.

Inspector Mark Hall of the Auckland dog section told the newspaper three incidents in four months was very unusual and the dog and handler from the incident with Mr Oglesby would be stood down until proven fit for duty.

Mr Oglesby said police had apologised and he bore no ill will.

That's nice of him... bearing no ill will. Not sure that the next victim will be so kind!


  • At 9:00 a.m., Blogger Leigh said…

    Karen Delise makes some insightful and qualified comments re guard/man-trained dogs in her book "The Pit Bull Placebo" (available to download at

    "Of all the functions that dogs perform, perhaps none is more rooted in the familiar bond
    than that of the guard dog. For thousands of years dogs have been praised and held in esteem
    for their service in protecting their owners from the dangers of unfamiliar persons or animals.
    However, as evidenced, this is the function which also dooms many dogs to failure,
    as it expects dogs to assess danger by human standards and morals. Another level of owner
    recklessness that dooms many dogs to failure is found when dogs are mismanaged to such
    a degree that they are permitted to harass, intimidate or attack other beings while roaming
    off their territory".

    I think that obviously also applies to police dogs.

    Here is an extract from an article in K9 Magazine written by a police officer about his first day in training with his k9 partner:

    "Monday morning arrived and we reported for our first day of the K9 Police Academy. The trainer instructed myself and the other new K9 teams to get our partners out of the cruisers and “Hook them Up.” We then proceeded to line up for some agitation work. We were instructed to hold on to the leash and don’t let go… no matter what. A couple of us handlers exchanged looks as if to say what is all the drama for? Well I can tell you now I was not prepared for what happened next! When the decoy appeared and started agitating the dogs the transformation of this scrawny, loveable shepherd that I had spent the weekend playing ball with and rubbing his belly was unbelievable. I could not believe the strength of this dog and the effort he put in trying to get at the decoy. I honestly believe he would have eaten that decoy if I would have let him go. The purpose of the short exercise was simple and effective. We all now had an immediate respect for the abilities of our new K9 partners".

    Dogs see things in black and white. It's either known or unknown. If it's an intruder, it's in trouble(which also includes crossing a dog's critical distance and being an unknown, getting bitten for getting too close).

    We praise the dog for biting the burglar, and kill him for biting a stranger called Uncle Bill when he was just doing what he was trained to do from a dogs-eye view.


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