2 Bend police dogs on administrative leave

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Bend Police Department is understaffed this week, with two of its four dogs on administrative leave.

The Bulletin newspaper reports one dog was on leave because his handler was involved in a police shooting and the investigation into whether the force was justified remains active.

A second dog was placed on leave after biting an officer last week.

Bend Police Capt. Cory Darling says two officers investigating a bank robbery found a man hiding. As officers drew their guns and gave commands, a citizen came up behind one of the officers and the dog took it as a threat and ended up latching onto an officer's arm.

The department plans to have somebody examine the dog and his training records to see if he should keep his job.

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