OTIS, LINCOLN COUNTY OR - A BELGIAN MALINOIS TRAINED TO BE A DRUG-DETECTION DOG WAS SHOT TO DEATH AFTER ATTACKING A POLICE OFFICER'S FAMILY MEMBERS
A drug-detection dog with the Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department in Otis, Oregon, was shot to death while attacking a toddler and woman over the weekend. According to a release from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the BELGIAN MALINOIS, named "Nixwa," was fatally shot to stop an attack on a police officer's family members.
Nixwa had been staying at the home of the police officer for approximately one month before the attack took place. According to KOIN News, a neighbor who was alerted to Sunday afternoon's attack fired a shotgun at the attacking dog. Lincoln County Sgt. Brian Cameron stated, "The neighbor fired one round from his shotgun over the top of the dog that was still actively biting the mother."
In a statement from the Tribal Council, an explanation for Nixwa's death was provided:
“When animals are involved, no matter how well-trained, there is always a measure of unpredictability and action must be taken to protect all involved. During the course of the attack it became necessary to put the dog down to cease the attack. We expect a full report in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragic incident.”
The toddler was taken to a Portland area hospital for treatment and then released - no word on the child's mother's condition.
In May 2014, a tribal member from Grand Ronde raised $3,400 to buy Nixwa a bulletproof vest - excess funds were to be used to further the dog's training, reported the Statesman Journal.