Monday, December 22, 2014

Sheriff: Child bitten by K-9 dog after mother opens wrong car door

By The Herald Staff | 12/9/2013

A mom and her young daughter had an accidental run-in with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit’s dog recently in rural Franklin County, and the incident required the girl to have stitches at a local hospital.

A vehicle the woman was driving struck a deer on a recent early morning south of Ottawa, and the sheriff’s K-9 handler responded to the crash, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said Monday night.

It was a cold morning, and the woman’s car was disabled, Richards said, who was speaking during a break in a meeting Monday night and did not have access to the accident report for more details.

“The officer told the mom that she and her girl could sit in the front passenger seat of his vehicle to keep warm, but he said not to open the door to the back seat, because the dog was in the back,” Richards said.

The woman, who was holding the toddler, opened the back passenger door instead of the front passenger door, Richards said, releasing the dog, which then bit the girl.

“When [the K-9 handler] saw that the woman was opening the wrong door, he hollered for her to stop, but it was too late, and the dog did what it was trained to do,” Richards said. “And the K-9 handler did nothing wrong.”

The woman declined an ambulance at the scene, and she and her daughter were transported by private vehicle to Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, where the girl received stitches, Richards said.

“The county is picking up the cost of the girl’s medical bill,” Richards said. “It was an unfortunate accident.”

Richards did not release the name of the woman or child involved in the incident.

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