Lawsuit launched over police dog bite

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Lawsuit launched over police dog bite

Adrienne Smith of the Pivot Legal Society

“This is another incident which is exactly like the multitude of dog bite reports we’ve been studying over several years.”

The Government of BC is facing another lawsuit after a New Westminster man claims he was wrongfully attacked by a police dog requiring six staples to his neck.

In a notice of civil claim filed in BC Supreme Court, Kirk Fraser alleges he was dragged 15 feet by the neck causing massive blood loss while waiting for a ride near the Forest Ale Pub in Surrey in July 2012.

Pivot Legal Society lawyer is Adrienne Smith .

“It appears to me like he is making a claim in negligence, what Pivot is calling for is better regulation of the deployment of dogs, better record- keeping, and changes to the way the dogs are trained when they are engaged in police work.”

She adds “This is not unusual for us the hear, and often it’s a routine deployment of a police dog, to have them bite a person, and then wait for the officer to come and deal with it.”

The claim states Fraser wasn’t doing anything suspicious or illegal at the time.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Last month the Pivot Legal Society released a study that found police dogs were the leading cause of injury at the hands of police forces in BC.

The group says at least 490 people were bitten and injured by police dogs between 2010 and 2012.


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    • Gees I guess the part about Fraser wasn’t doing anything suspicious or illegal at the time must have gone right over your head…. or is waiting for a ride now an illegal act deservant of being attract by a police dog…

      • According to Fraser, he wasn’t doing anything. There’s 2 sides to every story, but people like pivots lawyers are quick to slam the police. They never met a criminal they didn’t love.

  1. Siccing a dog onto a person’s neck is extremely disturbing. Perhaps the handler should take a course in human anatomy, unless of course his goal was to “accidentally” kill the person using his dog.

  2. Lawyers were once called “ambulance chasers” for a reason but all that running was probably too strenuous for LPS’s Ms. Smith. However a taxpayer funded police dog could be a tasty meal ticket for her and Kirk Fraser. You can bet these two are counting on the VPD’s insurance carrier settling out of court.

    • They should be looking at a large settlement in or out of court as there was no justification for the police dog to attack as it is still not illegal to be outside waiting for a ride in Canada yet…

      • This poor innocent man, minding his own business waiting for a ride when he was dragged 15 feet is laughable. Has the RCMP replacing canine units with Bengal tigers? Police dogs are trained to take someone down when they either attack, run or fail to follow instructions. So I guess the next time Kirk is told to drop to his knees, he’ll comply. I just hope the police dog got a tetanus shot.

    • Sad but the handler is responsible for their dog, no different than in your own yard I advance.

      Sick are the police that use dogs as weapons, but when the police “Mutt” is attacked call for charges.

      I say get a grip on your police dog as you are well taught to do.

  3. well at least they are still alive, not like being tasered and killed. And besides, the dogs are trained to get the criminal. So maybe all the people that got bit by these wonderful hardworking dogs need to rethink what they were doing wrong in the first place.

  4. Ah remember that the police dog can not give evidence in Court, or place his “Paw” in doing so on the Bible or perhaps at his/her request be affirmed.

    Having said this it is the dog masters of these police agencies that need to be charged as the do and master are a trained unit.

    A few successful criminal prosecutions and convictions will clear this problem up, but the Crown is in bed with the police.