Escaped Portland Police K9 puts two in hospital in Happy Valley
Authorities have disclosed new details after a Portland Police Bureau dog escaped from his handler's yard and bit two people in Happy Valley.
In response to questions from Pamplin Media Group, a spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office confirmed the people who were bitten were "transported to the hospital" for treatment of their injuries.
"I would refer you to medical personnel for a statement regarding the extent of their injuries," said CCSO Sgt. Marcus Mendoza.
The incident happened around 5 p.m. Friday, March 12, after a German Shepherd named Siggi escaped from PPB K9 Officer Jeffrey Dorn's fenced yard and attacked two people walking their own pooch. The other dog was unharmed. Dorn was off duty at the time.
Happy Valley Police Department officers, city Code Enforcement officials and paramedics responded to the scene, as did a Portland Police K9 unit supervisor, who determined that Siggi broke through a piece of fence and wandered into the neighborhood, where he encountered his victims.
Portland Police say Siggi has been "secured, kenneled and quarantined and will remain out of service" while further investigation is completed and the dog's fitness is assessed.
"The Portland Police K9 Unit and the Bureau regret this unfortunate incident," said Portland Police Deputy Chief Chris Davis. "This appears to be an isolated event."
Portland Police statistics show their dogs bit 17 people in 2019, and bit nine people between January to September 2020, according to Willamette Week, though those bites presumably occurred on the job.
Siggi, born and bred in Israel, has been in the news before. He was credited with sniffing out a man who fled from a traffic stop in March 2019. A few months later, police announced he had racked up the 100th capture of his career.
Said Davis: "K9 officers provide a valuable service to community safety and have a good safety record. Part of the ongoing internal investigation will determine if any additional training or procedural changes need to be made to avoid this type of incident from happening again."
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