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Woman undergoes two surgeries after Florence police dog bites her

Florence police say one of its police dogs escaped a fence before biting a 60-year-old woman.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 5:26 PM
Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 9:12 PM

Florence police say one of its police dogs is no longer on duty as they are investigating a biting incident Saturday.

Police say the dog, which is owned by the department, escapted a fenced enclosure Saturday night before biting a 60-year-old woman.

The woman is being treated at the hospital for injuries sustained from the dog bite. Police told WAAY 31 the woman has had at least 2 surgeries after sustaining the bites. 

The police department will keep the dog off duty as the incident remains under investigation.

"Our investigation is going to address, not only the incident itself, but also any discrepancies in our policy or anything that may help us in the future prevent such a situation," said Florence Police Sgt. Wes Gargis.

Gargis told WAAY 31 the dog has been with Florence police since 2012 and that he and his handler both undergo extensive training.

"Between 13 to 15 weeks of initial training and then the training never stops. Since 2012 this dog has been training continuously," said Gargis.

Police hope their investigation will unveil what caused the dog to bite the woman and when he could possibly return to work. 

"This is a very tragic incident and the Florence Police Department wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to those involved," the department said in a news release Monday.

Police plan to release more details as the investigation moves forward.

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