Bitten by a Police Dog

Something rather unusual happened to me this morning. I was attacked by a police dog.

I was walking my dog Gizmo in the park, as I do most mornings at about this time. Ahead of me, I could see a large alsatian snuffling around in the undergrowth and a man who was mostly hidden by the trees ahead of me. As we got closer, the alsatian turned, saw Gizmo, and set off after him. Now, Gizmo loves getting other dogs to chase him, because he knows that none of them will ever catch him, so I wasn’t too concerned.

By this stage the man had come into view and I could see that he was wearing full police uniform. He called his dog back, and ordered me to stand still, which I did. His dog turned back as soon as it was called, but instead of going back to the owner it lunged at my hand as it passed, and latched on with full force. I was completely shocked. It hurt. A lot.

The policeman ordered his dog off and thankfully it responded to his command. When I took my hand out, it was oozing thick blood. The sight of it made me feel weak. There was a large puncture on the middle finger of my right hand, a hole splayed open at the edges inside which I could see a big loose vein and other bits and pieces of gore. Up the side of my index finger was a raking cut, again fairly deep and with little bits of mincemeat hanging out. The policeman brushed it off as “not a very bad one”, and took me back to his van where he gave the cuts a quick wipe and put a dressing on my middle finger, while two plain-clothed detectives hovered in the background. He told me that they’d been searching for a purse which was stolen and probably dumped around there. Only a couple of months before I’d found a rucksack dumped in exactly the same spot, which I’d taken to the police station. Not long before that, I found a mobile nearby and got to hear a part the sad story of what happened to its owner. I’m starting to have my worries about walking home late at night in this area.

Subsequently I had to go to my GP’s for a tetanus jab, then to the hospital to have the wound checked over, sellotaped up (it needs stitches but they apparently don’t stitch animal bites in case they seal in any infection), and pick up some antibiotics. And now, I’m finding it very hard to type, and to take photographs.

S’funny, last time I had to have a tetanus jab it was also as the result of a rather bizarre incident, and I was also lucky to get away with my tendons more-or-less intact.

Here’s some photos Gill took for me:

Police Dog Bite

Police Dog Bite

10 thoughts on “Bitten by a Police Dog

  1. Darn, Dan, that sucks ! Really scary shit.

    I hope the wounds heal well and quickly.

    Don’t they train police dogs to not attack or go after other dogs !? Seems obvious to me…

  2. Dogs, for Police, are pretty useful but they’re also a bit of a loose canon when they’re turned “on”. The bite you got, compared to what a dog can do, isn’t that bad. For you, it’s the total shits, and you have every right to be pissed off.

    Have you talked to the Police yet about what they’re going to do for you as an innocent bystander? Clearly they should be civilly liable for *something*.


  3. Frightening incident. Make complaints to the police and take legal action. You should do so because these are the only ways of making the police change how they behave. In this case they are clearly not in full control of their dog. It is not a matter of money or getting back at anyone, but a responsibility you can take on if you wish on behalf of all of us. I don’t like the compensation culture either, but what recourse do we have in these circumstances other than litigation? Good luck. (Can suggest solicitors if you want.)

  4. I would sue the police, the dog is a danger to the public and they are responsible for injuries, and anything else such as pain and suffering. I would also demand action against the dangerous dog that attacked you, inother words the same fate your little pooch would suffer if it did something like that to a cop, or anyone else

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