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TPD sends K-9 dog for evaluation after biting 9-yr-old

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We're continuing to follow a story we first told you about Wednesday night. The Lucas County Canine Care and Control has deemed a Toledo police dog dangerous after a 9-year-old boy was bit by the dog. Tonight, the boy's grandmother is speaking out.

K-9 dogs are trained to kill and protect. They are police officers first. According to a recent evaluation of JJ he may have misinterpreted the kids playing and simply thought he was doing job. 

In a document obtained by 13abc, the family of the boy bit by thedog has hired a lawyer to deal with the city.  The child was bit by "J.J." the police dog as he played at an officer's house last month. His grandmother, who did not want to show her face, says, somehow, the dog got out.

"His friend tried to stop the dog and lost control of him and as Brady was going down the stairs the dog jumped him from the back," says grandmother Tara Jacobs.

His grandmother says her grandson was bit on the back. She says he has some scarring from the bite and is fearful.

"He's little scared of big dogs he doesn't know now and he never was," she says.

The dog warden has deemed J.J. dangerous. State law says a dog can be labeled dangerous if it bites and hurts someone unprovoked. The officer must buy J.J. a dangerous dog tag, post a sign at his home that there's a dangerous dog, microchip  J.J., provide proof of rabies vaccination, and show evidence the dog has been neuter or spayed.
     
The police department sent J.J. and his handler back for training. They performed numerous training exercises. It was determined that J.J. is a very good police dog and that many good police dogs do not make good family pets. The trainer has suggested the police department change the kenneling housing rules for the dogs.

"I understand the city paid a lot of money for these dogs and if he's a good working dog it's fine, but I don't think he should be in the neighborhood like that. He jumped a little boy that wasn't antagonizing him," said the grandmother.
     
The boys family does not want the dog put down. The dog is still in service. The officer has ten days to appeal the dog wardens ruling. The dog warden and the city of Toledo declined to comment since the family's lawyer has filed a claim for personal injuries with the city.



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