This is a first of the 4 legged variety.
An off-duty Campbell police officer was walking Storm and allowed the dog to go to the bathroom in a fenced-in area. But the dog saw the boy and ran after him, apparently mistaking a running boy for a suspect.
Remember though, had it been your or my dog, there would be a very strong and justified push to put down the dog as a dangerous animal. There is no justification for attacking a 8 year old boy who was playing. Why was the dog not trained to follow verbal commands. The dog should not have attacked anyone without being instructed to do so. At a minimum why in the name of Sam Hell was that dog anywhere off of a leash if that is it’s behavioral model. It’s not as if the dog was defending it’s property or owner from a direct threat. The property wasn’t even the owners.
“Anything running, they’re trained … could be a potential threat. And all he’s doing is reacting and doing what he was trained to do,” Rusnak told WFMJ.
Wait, your department did what!? You trained your dogs to go after potential threats. Who thought that it would be necessary to have a dog attack potential threats. Where I’m from, your dog attacks my kid, if you don’t take it out to the woods and do it, I will. Police dog or not, attacking a child, unprovoked, is completely unacceptable and shows severe training issues with the dog as well as handling issues with the officer responsible for the dog.
In this instance I’m going to blame the officer attempting to justify it since I am unsure of the name of the handler.
State Sponsored Criminal Count 193: Sgt. John Rusnak
Because a police dog is different than your dog because the state views him as a police officer. So when he runs off and attacks and innocent child, that’s just like a cop shooting a boy hiding in a shed.