A family plans to file a lawsuit against a local police department after a search of their San Jose home earlier this month ended with an 18-month-old child bitten by a police dog.
Little Arabella was on the couch when the K-9, who was helping to locate a wanted felon, bit then dragged her to the floor.
The toddler was left with a wound on her back that required six stitches and her family said the incident has left her traumatized. According to Maria Pena, the toddler’s grandmother, Arabella no longer wants to eat and suffers from stress, which increases with every knock at the door.
Pena believes the officer handling the dog should be fired “because he’s not professional” and the animals should be better trained.
The San Jose Police Department acknowledged the incident, but said it was an accident. It’s unclear whether the officer – or the dog – has faced disciplinary action.
[ WTOC ]