Indiana police dog bites boy during demonstration

Dog off job pending investigation

BRAZIL, Ind. - A western Indiana police department's search dog is off the job after biting an 11-year-old boy's leg during a demonstration inside the county courthouse.

Brazil police chief Clint McQueen says the boy suffered puncture wounds to his calf when the dog bit him during a mock drug search being done for elementary school students as part of a Red Ribbon Awareness week kick-off event at the Clay County Courthouse.

Judge J. Blaine Akers arranged for K-9 teams to carry out a simulated drug raid, to educate a group of fifth-graders about drug awareness.

A small amount of illegal drugs was planted, and the dog, named Max, began searching the children.

Two scenarios went on without a hitch, but during the third vignette, according to the police report and the dog's handler, the 11-year-old began moving his legs, which he believed prompted Max's action to bite the male juvenile on the left calf.

McQueen said the dog released his bite within seconds after commands from his handler, but the incident has drawn criticism from area residents.

"It wasn't the dog's fault and it wasn't the kid's fault. But my gosh the kid is gonna carry those memories for a long time," Clay County resident Ron Pell said.

The child was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries.

McQueen said it was an unfortunate accident. He says the dog won't do police work until test results from a veterinarian are returned.

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