“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.