Wash. pays $1 million for K9 dog attacks

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 12:37 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies have paid nearly $1 million in damages from police dogs attacking innocent people in the past five years.

The Seattle Times reports that in that time span, 17 people claimed they were wrongly attacked by police dogs in Western Washington.

A newspaper analysis of more than 100 Washington cities found that such incidents happen several times a year in the state.

In many cases, individual dogs are responsible for several attacks, an issue that dog trainers and experts say is a warning sign that the dog and handler might need additional training.

Of those 17 incidents, three dogs -- two from Pierce County and one from Seattle -- were responsible for nine of the incidents and more than two-thirds of the damages paid.

Even after multiple bites on innocent people, many K-9s remain on duty.
 

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