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Florida K-9 Retired From Force After Biting Officer, Civilian

February 20, 2015  | 

Renzo, a Coconut Creek, Fla., K-9 has been removed from the force for biting. (Photo: Coconut Creek PD)
Renzo, a Coconut Creek, Fla., K-9 has been removed from the force for biting. (Photo: Coconut Creek PD)

After biting two people within three months — a police officer and a doughnut shop worker — a Coconut Creek, Fla., police dog has been removed from the force.

Renzo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, had been with the department about a year and a half. In November, he bit a Coconut Creek officer while tracking a suspect, wounding the officer's leg.

In a more severe attack last week, Renzo burst from a squad car and tore into a doughnut shop employee's calf. The worker has hired a lawyer, the Sun Sentinel reports.

"I have made the decision to retire K9 Renzo," Coconut Creek Police Chief Michael J. Mann said Wednesday in an email. The dog will now go live with DiBlasi.


Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 2/21/2015 10:35 AM

I have felt like that toward supervisors a time or two.

Leonard Mather @ 2/21/2015 12:09 PM

I trust that DiBlasi does not have children. Dogs, like humans, experience misperceptions and erroneous subsequent conclusions by way of hyperactive response. The mistake of biting has its own solutions. The Coconut Creek PD solved it their way; DiBlasio is now in charge regarding his Malinois and the dog will do as it will do. Another bite plus being sued by the bitten may result in legal action regarding the dog's future. DiBlasio has his hands full.

eodk9trainer @ 2/23/2015 4:16 AM

Why in the world was the window down in his cruiser where the K9 could escape to bite someone? And on a track how did another officer get bit if K9 was really running a track and why didn't the handler stop it in time? Sounds like some remedial training is in store for this handler.

TBOW426 @ 2/23/2015 12:17 PM

Thought this might be a small town PD that sent the officer to a five week K-9 school where he is taught everything that he will ever need to know about dogs. (heavy sarcasm) and now has no one to train with. Discovered this is a 91 member department in north Broward County. Broward Sheriff's Dept. and Fort Lauderdale both have excellent K-9 programs and I would hope Coconut Creek would be training with them. Based solely upon the article, both of these bites suggest handler errors. A complete evaluation of the circumstances is warranted as well as an impartial evaluation of the handler. Hope this handler has checked on his homeowners insurance. Many companies will cancel him because of this dog and potential liability. if I were DiBlasi, this dog would be sold/given to a police K-9 vendor and sent down the road.

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