A dog handler from the Brussels Montgomery police zone will have to personally compensate a dog owner whose dog was bitten by the police dog during a patrol in 2013. This is a first in Belgium. The injured animal died of a heart attack after the incident. The Council of State recently rejected a last line of defence made by the police dog handler reported La Dernière Heure on Wednesday. The investigation showed that the dog handler “failed to take the most elementary of precautions” and “have the necessary foresight,” and that he “was not in full control of his dog on a public highway, a serious misconduct, making the handler personally responsible for the incident.”
Being department head at the Montgomery area canine brigade didn’t prevent the officer having his ‘dog handling’ licence revoked.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)