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No Charges in Case of Injuries Caused by Dog Bite


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) released its report today regarding the arrest of a male for a domestic assault on the night of May 16, 2018. 

On that night, RCMP responded to a residence in Chester. The RCMP were advised that the alleged perpetrator had left the residence armed with a loaded rifle and entered the wooded area nearby.  Police determined it was necessary to utilize the assistance of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and a police service dog. With the assistance of the police service dog, the male was located in a densely treed area. The male initially resisted arrest and as a result, was bitten by the dog. He was taken to hospital from treatment.

The investigation showed the officers were justified in using the police service dog to locate the potentially dangerous suspect and to protect the safety of the officers during the search. As a result, there are no grounds for charges against any police officer.

The full report is available at

SiRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Felix Cacchione, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.

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