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No charges for K9 handlers

The Justice Ministry in BC says there will be no charges against police dog handlers in two separate incidents where suspects were bitten during arrests.

In the first incident, RCMP officers in Surrey were responding to a complaint at a business last November when a police dog bit the suspect, causing serious injuries.

In the second, a suspect was taken to hospital in December with serious bite injuries from a Victoria police dog.

In both cases, the Independent Investigations Office — the province's police watchdog agency — investigated and filed reports to the Crown.

The Crown says prosecutors reviewed the reports and believe there is no substantial likelihood that the officers who were in charge of the dogs would be convicted of any offence.

Last month, a Vancouver legal advocacy group released a three-year study that found police dogs were the leading cause of injury at the hands of police forces in BC.


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