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Police K-9 euthanized after killing dog

A Monterey County Sheriff’s Department dog was euthanized Wednesday after escaping from the home of his handler, killing another dog and attacking a second.

The dog, a Belgian Malinois named Bosco, ran away from the Aromas home of Deputy Justin Patterson, prompting a four-hour search on land and by helicopter, the Monterey County Herald reported.

Later that morning, a resident called 911 reporting that Bosco had killed their family dog and attacked another pet dog. Bosco was held in a kennel by the homeowner until deputies arrived.

The sheriff’s K-9 was euthanized Wednesday afternoon because it had “acted unexpectedly” once in the past. Officials declined to reveal details of the earlier incident because of pending litigation.

Bosco, purchased from the Netherlands, had been with the department about two years.


Comment from nicole
Time September 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

i realize that this has been an awful long time since this has happened. People did not understand that the helicopter did NOT leave the ground!!!!!!!!! Also that dog was an attack dog! All dogs and all people make mistakes, and this was one of them. It was not right what this dog did to the other, but these things happen in life. Everyday.. This must have been tragic for the K-9 handler he must have been with this dog everyday of every second for two years. How wpuld you feel if this happened to you and you had no choice what to do..

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