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Police Investigate As Off-Duty Dog Bites Two Men

Wednesday September 18 2013

TWO men have been bitten by a police dog which was being taken for a walk in Barnsley by his off-duty handler.

One of the men, 44, suffered a serious hand injury and the second, 19, received a minor injury to the leg, according to police.

An internal investigation has begun following the incident which happened on Lund Avenue on Saturday shortly after 5pm.

The force's professional standards department is investigating.

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Reply Posted by paul on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:08
if it was any other dog it would have been put down cant see this being any different

Reply Posted by Glen Martin on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:11
At the end of the day this dog is raised and trained to attack, if you ask me its the dog handlers fault not the dogs, it should have been on a lead.

Reply Posted by Pam on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:14
Blame the handler NOT the dog !!

Reply Posted by KIP on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:18
It was on a lead. Why don't you wait for the full facts ?

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:19
I agree with Glen. I would expect as well that as they are trained to bite that they should be muzzled too. No need for a lengthy investigation, it's the handler who should be disciplined (& possibly charged with a crime) and the victims compensated.

Reply Posted by Roo on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:19
I agree with Glen & Pam :-/

Reply Posted by sb on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:25
Why don't people await the full story before they start making their mouth.

Reply Posted by heather on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 14:51
police dog handler should be charged with neglect, and made to compensate the victims. The dog is not at fault it was only doing what it has been trained to do. The officer should have kept this dog under control after all that is his job

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 15:09
As above the dogs trained to attack,it's purely the handlers fault.prosecute him n not punish the dog....

Reply Posted by dom on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 15:14
shit happens get over it

Reply Posted by Sj on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 15:22
These dogs are trained to attack there was obviously a good reason for them to bite these men these dogs don't attack just for the fun of it the dog handler or the dogs are not to blame

Reply Posted by Swifty on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 16:25
Get the facts before we start commenting. Having said that they will be a cover up. The dog needs to be placed with Responsible owners and the officer should be charged and disciplined for his lack of responsibility in a public place and anything else they can throw at him.

Reply Posted by considered(y) on Thursday September 19 2013 at 11:39
they will be a cover up will they???
I also like how you offer your suggestion of retribution after starting with 'Get the facts before we start commenting' seems a bit hypocritical.

Reply Posted by Andy on Sunday September 22 2013 at 23:02
You say get the facts then make a judgement. Knobhead!!

Reply Posted by max on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 16:57
Can't wait for the full story, talk about dangling a carrot lol. One thing not mentioned is what the 2 men were doing at the time.. ???

Reply Posted by db on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 18:03
the 2 men weren't doing anything wrong. I know one of them and he is a hard working respectable man. He went out to see what was going off and to make sure his daughter was ok as she was playing on the street. He went over to speak to the dog handler and the dog just went for him. The handler could have stopped him but he obviously didn't.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 21:39
did the dog know it was off duty then?

Reply Posted by Swifty on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 23:35
This is a serious situation. However don't worry the dog and Police officer will be ok and the Victimns will be paid off so you don't here not else about it. Forgot to add with Tax Payers money.

Reply Posted by Annon on Thursday September 19 2013 at 08:33
Db.. Obviously the dog handler did stop the dog or the guy would be dead now...

Reply Posted by JOHN SEEVIOUR on Thursday September 19 2013 at 15:54
its not the dogs its the owners to blame ; if he/she can't keep the dog under control they should be on traffic duty like the rest that can't do the job !

Reply Posted by p on Sunday September 22 2013 at 22:59
just to comment on the matter I was a 1st hand witness to the attack on both men the dog is unfit to be kept near public and the officer is worse than the dog he was just a few days before in the wood which he thinks he owns threatening kids to tidy up broken glass n tin cans with the dog saying he would let it off if they didn't tidy it up there was kids of ages 6/7 yrs upwards playing on the street at the time and it could have been any of them just as easy if it was a pit bull it would have been shot with out any thought yet at the scene the officer took off from the scene without any care for any1 who the dog had bit to then try covering it up by saying the 44 yr old man had pushed him no1 could get within 6ft of him because the dog was wanting to bite anything in its path so the officer let it go to attack the 44yr old man because he was saying he couldn't leave the scene from the 19yr old been bitten and dragged over the floor and if this dog is trained y did it not let go of the 19yr old when told to the funny thing is the police have taken at least 20 names and numbers but yet not 1 of us have been contacted n I was stood right next to it

Reply Posted by T'intin on Sunday September 22 2013 at 23:23
rumour has it that the dog bit the 19 year old (minor injuries but scary none the less), Dad turns up, dog handler wants to take dog home to put the dog away. Dad stands in his path, says he wants him to stop and puts arms out to block exit, dog bites his hand. Dog doing its job looking after the handler in the later case.
A dog locked on takes some removing despite all the training

Reply Posted by exmarineman on Sunday September 22 2013 at 23:31
i know this dog handler and as said he is not fit to be with dogs he is a first class prick,thinks he can talk and treat everyone as scum a propper little hitler in and out of uniform,i dont live to far from him,and he as threatened me with the dog before,iv always told him to let it go and see what will happen to it coz he would be burying it
never has let it go the little gob shite,and i hope he reads this

Reply Posted by Me on Monday September 23 2013 at 08:00
These dogs can only attack when ordered to do so......so if attacked n no order it should be put to sleep......cop should get done.....but i know 1 in donny did same years ago...dog damaged all nerves in blokes leg. N ripped some of leg off....bloke couldnt claim as he had a conviction but done nowt wrong in this case....so cops hide at back of their dogs....power n bullying who they want ....was anyone there before attack..as he said watch em before anyone came near...as this would be a command for the dog....

Reply Posted by daf on Monday September 23 2013 at 08:25
anyone who has a dog shud ave a liecence an wen it goes for a walk shud be made to wear a mussel end ov

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday September 23 2013 at 19:02

ipso Regulated