Fishers police dog fatally shot after attacking officer

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FISHERS (April 17, 2014) – A Fishers police dog had to be put down after attacking an off-duty police officer Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened Wednesday at the officer’s residence in northern Hamilton County. Officer Tracy Saxhaug was taking care of the K-9, Arrack, when a vehicle drove into the driveway. The dog went into a defensive stance and bit the officer’s right arm, police said. Saxhaug couldn’t get the dog to release and called a family member for help. Hamilton County dispatchers received the call around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the home. A deputy tried to get Arrack to release Saxhaug but was unsuccessful. The deputy was forced to shoot and kill the dog.

Saxhaug suffered puncture wounds and bruises on her arm. She was taken to Tipton IU Hospital, and has since been released. She’s expected to make a full recovery. The deputy was not hurt.

Fishers police will conduct an internal review of the case that will include a necropsy report from Purdue University.