An 87-year-old woman who was mistakenly attacked by a Vancouver Police dog has received an official apology from VPD.
It happened on Sunday, near East 19th Ave. and Knight Street.
The K9 was tracking a suspect following a hit and run, and ended up behind a home where it knocked over and bit the woman.
A neighbour told Global News the woman suffered two bite marks on her thigh and cut her head open after hitting the cement when the dog knocked her down.
“She’s got stitches and she has two bite marks on her thigh and the outside of her thigh,” Ruben Unger said. “She cut her head open, hitting the cement when the dog took her down.”
VPD Cst. Jason Doucette offered an formal apology today and said the VPD is working to ensure similar attacks don’t happen again.
Doucette says while officers focused on the injured woman, the suspect managed to get away.
Neighbours say the ordeal left the woman shaken to the point she doesn’t want to go outside anymore.
With files from Global News’ Tanya Beja and Jon Azpiri