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Former police dog attacks man who offers water bowl

On July 3, a man in California was attacked by a dog that had once worked for a law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County. On the night of the dog attack, the 20-year-old victim had seen the German shepherd loose in Eastvale. The man gave the dog some water before the dog put both of its paws on his chest, bit him and dragged him onto the road.

Friends and relatives of the victim tried to help him by delivering blows to the animal. When the dog would not let the man go, some of the witnesses stabbed the dog with steak knives. The dog let go, and the man received hospital treatment for non-life threatening dog bites.

After the incident, an officer from animal control located the dog in front of a house. The officer said that the dog walked with him and got into his truck without showing any aggressive behavior. According to the officer, the dog may have recognized his uniform and identified him as a person of authority. Authorities later confirmed that the German shepherd was a retired police dog. Due to its stab wounds, the dog had to be euthanized.

Many jurisdictions have leash laws that require dog owners to have their dogs on a leash at all times while they are in public. If a dog attacks someone while it is roaming freely, the victim may sue the dog owner for damages to cover medical expenses for traumatic injuries. A lawyer may be able to help a dog bite victim to file a personal injury complaint against the dog owner.

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