The Heflin Police Department’s canine officer is recovering from injuries suffered during a warrant round up.
Addi required 17 staples in her front right leg to seal a wound from a biting by a pair of pit bulls. Police said a homeowner released the dogs to attack officers, but they headed straight for AAddi
The dutch shepherd is about seven years old and trained to sniff narcotics, search for missing persons, and use her teeth if necessary to stop a suspect.
“We had dealt with the subject in the past and he was a runner and canine addi was there to assist,” Heflin police chief A.J. Benefield said.
“She’s an apprehension dog so if he ran, she was there as well.”
Bagby was not home at the time. Officers arrested him the next day during a traffic stop. Benefield said a woman who was not wanted in the round-up was there with her two pit bulls.
“She came and saw the officers at the front. The dogs were lunging at the front door and one of the officers that was there on the scene at the front put his leg against the front door where they couldn’t get out and get them,” Benefield said.
“She took the dogs, went to the back, knowing that there was officers back there, and just opened the door and released them, so we believe she knew and was sending the animals to attack the officers.”
The pit bulls went straight for Addi. Police rushed in to kick the pit bulls off the canine officer.
Addi’s handler, Sergeant Kevin Turley, will submit warrants for the woman’s arrest Wednesday. The expected charges are for injuring a police animal, and failing to vaccinate her dogs for rabies.
Heflin police will also seek restitution for Addi’s veterinary bills, which are currently at about $300.