17/06/2016

Incident involving police dog and member of the public

At around 6:05pm on Monday 6th June a police officer was exercising a police dog near to Ormesby Stables in Eston, when the dog injured a 28-year-old local man who was in the area.

The man suffered bite puncture wounds on his arm and upper body and he was taken to James Cook University Hospital where he was later released. The dog handler also received medical attention after being injured on his arm by the German Shepherd when trying to deal with the incident.

Cleveland Police has sincerely apologised to the man and hope that he makes a swift recovery.

The dog was immediately removed from duties whilst an investigation takes place and the matter has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Based on an assessment of the animal it has been put to sleep.  This was not an easy decision for any of the people involved, but has been made in the best interests of all those involved.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine said: “Until an investigation is complete, it would be wrong to speculate about the causes of the incident without an assessment of the full circumstances. What is clear is that this incident should not have happened and we must absolutely understand what went wrong. We have apologised and will put support in place to ensure that both the member of the public and officer are able to recover as quickly as possible.  We will fully cooperate with the IPCC’s independent investigation to swiftly understand the cause of this incident.”