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Man Sinks Teeth Into Police Dog

• Bob Connors via NBC Connecticut
It's often said, if a dog bites a man it's not news, but if a man bites a dog, you've got a story.

Well, here is that story.

West Haven officer Scott Bloom was on patrol with his K-9, Onyx, near the Rite Aid on Elm Street early Thursday morning, when he noticed Roderick Lewis walking toward him.

Lewis yelled out "I need a bag of dust," referring to Angel Dust, according to police.

Lewis, 23, walked toward the officer and reached into his waistband. The officer grabbed Lewis' arms and told him to stop. That's when Lewis punched officer Bloom in the face, according to police.

Onyx, the police dog, jumped from Bloom's cruiser and attacked the suspect, latching onto his leg, according to police.

But then Lewis did his own chomping, biting into the dog's side, police said. Lewis didn't let go until the officer had to physically pull him off the dog, police said.

Lewis was charged with assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals.

Officer Bloom and Onyx were treated for their injuries.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Audrey Neuman
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Yeah, though I'm an animal advocate, the end of the story states that the officer and the dog received treatment but mentioned nothing of the perp receiving medical attention. Why is this?

Comment by Joe Tittiger
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Let me see if I understand.... If a police dog bites and disfigures a human that is OK.

That is not cruelty to humans.

A dogs legal judgement on when to initiate this level of force is also not to be questioned.  Everyone knows that dogs are legal savents and know every nuance of the law and can act accordingly.

But if you bite the dog back that has thick fur and most likely is not even hurt then that is cruelty to animals.

 Make sense to me ;-)  JK


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