BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - One of the Brazil Police Department’s two K-9 officers is off the job, at least for now, as authorities look into an accidental bite on an elementary school student last Thursday.
"Our department policy is to take the dog off the street for a few days, make some determinations as to what happened, make sure everything was done properly; have the dog to a veterinarian, make sure we follow the rules like everybody else is supposed to do when a dog bite occurs,” said Clint McQueen, chief of the police department.
McQueen said the incident happened inside the courtroom of Judge Blaine Akers during a Red Ribbon Day mock drug sweep involving all elementary school kids from Clay County. The boy bitten was a 5th grader from Jackson Elementary School.
"One of the children -- an 11-year-old male -- had moved quickly,” the chief explained. “The dog responded quickly; grabbed the boy's leg, which caused a couple puncture wounds! It was only a few seconds before officers had control of the dog, got him to release the bite. The bite occurred on the boy's left leg, lower -- by the calf area."
The unidentified boy was taken to a Brazil hospital, then on to Indianapolis by his parents for further evaluation, according to the chief.
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