Gardening 87-year-old mistakenly attacked by VPD police dog

The Vancouver Police Department has apologized to an 87-year-old woman and her family after one of its police dogs mistakenly attacked the senior while she was gardening.

Const. Jason Doucette said the dog was tracking a car theft suspect that had fled on foot Sunday afternoon in the area around Knight Street and East 19th Avenue.

The canine was under control of a handler, but somehow when it was tracking down the block the dog ended up in the woman's yard and around the back of the home.