Fireworks mistaken for a shots fired call result in a police dog and homeowner’s dog suffering significant injuries.

Abbotsford, BC – While fireworks may be banned in the Lower Mainland, an RCMP police dog with the Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) is thankfully recovering after it was badly bitten in the neck and ear by an aggressive dog during a response to what police were initially told was a shots fired call but was actually someone shooting off fireworks.

Police responded to the call in the 1000-block of Ross Road at 7:30 p.m. in Abbotsford on Halloween night. The Abbotsford Police and its Emergency Response Team arrived to secure the scene. The IPDS team was in a static position at a structure on the property in support of Abbotsford police officers while they responded to the unfolding incident.

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As the dog team waited, there was a struggle at the front door after which one of the dogs became loose and attacked PSD Grinder. The RCMP handler attempted an intervention by repeatedly kicking at the dog as it bit down on Grinder’s neck and face, to no avail. After some time and with the safety of his dog in peril, the handler was forced to fire on the dog. The dog finally loosened its grip on Grinder and then ran from the scene.

Air 1 and police immediately looked for the injured dog without success. We are since pleased to report that the dog did finally return to its owner and it is now under their care.

PSD Grinder was taken to the vet immediately and patched up after suffering a significant puncture wound to his neck, ear and a tear to his ear cartilage. He is now home with his dog handler and is expected to make a full recovery and to be back on duty in no time.

To think these terrible injuries to these two dogs could have been avoided if people simply abided by municipal bylaws banning fireworks. I hope this is a lesson to people who continue to use fireworks even though they are banned, says Corporal Chris Manseau of the Lower Mainland District RCMP. Our IPDS dog handlers love animals and anytime there is an incident such as this it is difficult for everyone involved.

Lower Mainland District RCMP

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