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Monday, February 27, 2006

Bernalillo County deputy sues over dog bite

Santa Fe New Mexican, NM

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed one of the department's own dogs last year after it attacked her has sued the sheriff and two other department officials.

Detective Heather Schreckendgust, in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, seeks unspecified damages and evaluations by the department of the need for muzzles on attack dogs, how they're trained and their role.

Schrenkendgust's lawsuit alleges she was attacked as the result of negligence, recklessness and excessive force arising from the use of an uncontrollable dog.

The dog, a Belgian malinois called Bart, also was the focus of a lawsuit alleging it attacked and refused to let go of a woman who was chased by deputies in 2003.

The lawsuit said department officials were aware of the earlier lawsuit targeting Bart. That lawsuit, filed by Toni Osborn, alleged Bart chewed on Osborn's arm for nearly three minutes, essentially destroying it, and that an officer had to put a shock collar on the animal to stop it.


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