A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy was forced to shoot and kill another deputy’s K-9 on Monday night.
Deputy Scott Cronin works as a K-9 handler and was taking care of another K-9 deputy’s dog while he was out of town.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says Deputy Cronin has been taking care of K-9 “Recon” for the past week for Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Garret Ziegler, but when Cronin went over Monday night to care for Recon, the dog attacked him and bit his hand.
Recon clamped down on Cronin’s hand and would not release it. Deputy Cronin was then forced to shoot and kill the K-9. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Cronin was injured, but will recover.
A sheriff’s office spokesperson said K-9 deputies typically take care of each other’s dogs if they are out of town because they are trained to deal with the dogs and are familiar with each K-9.