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Fresno police dog shot while fighting off suspects' dogs

July 19, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A police dog with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office is recovering after being shot in the foot by friendly fire during an arrest operation.


The 6-year-old Dutch shepherd named Mikey was assisting a SWAT team on Tuesday when two pit bulls charged him. Sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti says an officer shot one of the pit bulls while Mikey fought them off, resulting in Mikey accidentally being shot in the foot.


Authorities were at the apartment in Fresno after a stolen vehicle was found out front. Three people inside were ignoring officers requests, so tear gas was used to force them to surrender. Two adult males and one adult woman were arrested.


Mikey's injury is not believed to be life-threatening. A veterinarian is treating him.

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