RICHMOND (KRON) — A Richmond police dog who unexpectedly attacked an officer Tuesday morning will be retired from the force, a police sergeant said today.
The officer shot the dog during the attack, but the dog survived and was treated at the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
The injured officer had to undergo surgery following the attack and has been released from the hospital, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
Abetkov said the officer expects he will be able to return to work following a period of recovery.
After the dog is released from treatment of the gunshot wound, it will be retired from the police force.
Investigators still do not know how the dog got loose when the officer walked into the department’s secured parking lot around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.
“We still don’t know how the dog got out of the car,” Abetkov said.
When the dog spotted the officer, Abetkov said she could only surmise it went into “protection, prey mode.”
“Just like a dog in a yard, the car to them is like their backyard,” Abetkov said. “When they get out of their car, especially if the handler is not around, they automatically go into their natural instinct to
protect whatever is theirs.”
The officer shot the dog in self-defense.