The Associated Press
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) -- A dog that had been part of the Meriden police
department's canine unit has been cut from the force after biting a
Chief William C. Abbatematteo cited safety as a factor in the
decision to retire Kemo, the dog in question.
On Dec. 23, Kemo, a German shepherd, bit Officer Jamie Sanders on his
left leg as Sanders left the police station after his shift.
Police could not determine what caused the dog to bite Sanders.
Kemo's handler, Officer Timothy Connolly, had been exercising Kemo in
the back parking lot of the police station when Sanders approached.
Sanders needed 25 stitches and has been getting around on crutches.
He has been off duty since the attack.
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The 4 1/2-year-old dog, with the department for nearly two years, had
graduated from hundreds of hours of training for patrol and narcotics