A legal advocacy group is calling for change after it found B.C.’s police dogs are biting people at an alarming rate.
Doug King with Pivot Legal Society says someone in the province was bitten by a police dog either other day between 2010 and 2013, and some places were worse than others.
“Vancouver, Abbotsford and RCMP in the North – their bite rates are twice any other departments. They are some of the highest bite rates we’ve seen in North America, to be honest. So we have some departments that have a lot of questions to answer.”
King says they want better record-keeping of dog bites, restrictions made on when dogs can be deployed, especially with children, and improved training methods.
He says Saanich and New Westminster have far fewer bites because of how they train dogs and handlers.