A Richmond police dog (not shown in photo above) that was shot after biting an officer on Tuesday has been forced into retirement, police said.
The dog somehow got out of its patrol car in a secured area of the police department’s parking lot at 1701 Regatta Blvd. about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday and unexpectedly bit the hand of the officer, who was not the dog’s handler and was arriving at work in plain clothes, police said.
The officer, whose injury required surgery, was forced to shoot the dog.
Both the dog and officer are expected to survive, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Wednesday. The officer has been released from the hospital and expects to return to work following a recovery period. Meanwhile, the dog is still being treated at the UC Davis veterinary hospital and will be retired from the force upon release, Abetkov said.
Police are trying to find out how the dog got out of the car.
“Just like a dog in a yard, the car to them is like their backyard,” Abetkov told Bay City News. “When they get out of their car, especially if the handler is not around, they automatically go into their natural instinct to protect whatever is theirs.”