Police are investigating after an incident Wednesday in which a child was attacked by a police dog in the southwest neighbourhood of Aspen Hills.
Around 6 p.m. the dog broke free of the fenced backyard of an off-duty canine unit officer's home. The dog then ran to the street where it encountered three children playing. A 12-year-old boy ran from the dog which chased the child into his nearby home and bit him on the leg.
The dog's handler arrived on the scene to stop the attack and secure the dog in his home before returning to provide first aid to the boy who was taken to hospital and later released.
The boy's father who didn't want his name published, said he came downstairs to find the dog locked onto his son's leg.
"He's your son. You have to do something to help him," said the father, who punched the dog in the stomach repeatedly to try to get it to let go.
"I tried my best. I was lucky he didn't bite me."
The dog chased the boy through the open garage. When he tried to close the door to the house behind him, the powerful dog forced it open.
The CPS professional standards section has launched an investigation which will look at both the specific incident and the general policies of the canine unit.
"We're now working with the family to offer any assistance we can as they deal with what must have been a terrifying incident," Police Chief Roger Chaffin said at a media availability Thursday afternoon......READ MORE HERE....