Manitoba police watchdog lays no charges against dog handler whose dog bit 2 people during arrest

Both people were sent to hospital; one of them required surgery for their injuries, says the IIU Manitoba's police oversight agency will not charge an RCMP officer involved in an incident where two people were sent to hospital after being bitten by a police dog during an arrest last summer.

On Aug. 13, 2020, RCMP received information that a man — his age was not specified — was trafficking meth from a camper on Sandy Bay First Nation, about 130 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. He was believed to have armed guards, according to the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba's final report released Monday.

Because the camper was on a reserve, the RCMP contacted the Manitoba First Nations Police, who obtained a search warrant, the report says.

The RCMP emergency response team, including a member of the police dog services and his dog, was asked to help because of the potential risk in executing the warrant, the report says.

The raid resulted in seven people being arrested and charged under Canada's Controlled Drug and Substances Act, the report says.

Two of the people arrested — a woman and a man, whose respective ages were not given — were bitten by the police dog. Both were sent to hospital in Portage La Prairie, nearly 70 kilometres south of Sandy Bay First Nation. The bite seriously injured the woman's left leg and it required surgery, the report says.


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