Exclusive: Photos show injuries TPD K-9 inflicted on 9-year-old boy
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:04:57 GMT —
The parents of a 9-year-old boy injured by a Toledo Police K-9 have come forward and shared photos of their son's injuries with NBC24.
The exclusive images clearly show the puncture wounds caused by the J.J., one of four K-9's added to the department in December, during an incident last week.
According to the parents of 9-year-old Brady, their son was at the home of the K-9's handler when he was hurt.
Toledo Police K-9 officer Brett Kohlman did report the incident to Sgt. Joseph Taylor, on June 11, and said he did not see what happened.
Brady's parents say their son did nothing to provoke the attack and wasn't even aware the dog was in the room.
They say he was playing with friends in the home when the dog bit him "for no reason".
An official incident report stated that after being bit, Brady yelled and ran "out of the house".
The 9-year-old was treated for the puncture wounds and scratches to his back at Toledo Hospital.
His injuries did not require any stitches and Brady's mother says he's wounds are "healing well".
NBC24 requested the Toledo Police Department's official photographs of the boy's injuries, on Wednesday, but was referred to the City of Toledo Law Department.
The Lucas County Dog Warden tells NBC24 that she has received the official photos and is still investigating the incident.
"The only thing in question would be as to whether the dog needs to be declared dangerous or not," Lyle said in an email on Tuesday.
According to Ohio Revised Code, a "Dangerous dog means a dog that, without provocation...has done any of the following: (i) Caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person; (ii) Killed another dog..."Without provocation" means that a dog was not teased, tormented, or abused by a person, or that the dog was not coming to the aid or the defense of a person who was not engaged in illegal or criminal activity and who was not using the dog as a means of carrying out such activity."
When asked if Toledo Police had plans to discipline J.J. themselves, Sgt. Heffernan said additional training is needed.
"When something like this happens, we provide extra training for the dog and handler," Heffernan said.
Stay with NBC24 as we continue to bring you the latest developments in this exclusive story.