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Las Vegas K-9 Slashed in Face at Standoff Recovering at Home

February 16, 2016  | 

Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Nicky is recovering from being slashed in the face with a machete. (Photo" Las Vegas Metro PD)
Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Nicky is recovering from being slashed in the face with a machete. (Photo" Las Vegas Metro PD)

Las Vegas Metro K-9 Nicky is on his way to a full recovery after being attacked by a suspect with a machete Friday morning. Nicky was taking down the suspect of a standoff when he was injured.

"When he bit the suspect, he bit him on the leg," said Tom Moore, K-9 handler with Metro Police.  "The suspect had a machete and chopped at the dog's face, luckily not striking any eyeballs or anything like that."    

Nicky had to be rushed into surgery at the animal hospital.  However, he's back home with his handler now.

Comments (8)

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Steven M. Harris @ 2/16/2016 3:44 PM

Can someone please explain to me why K-9s are deployed onto armed subjects? This seems to be happening more frequently is obviously (at least to me) a poor tactic destined for bad result.

A non-compliant and violent subject with a machete needs to be shot. Period.

Join Retired LEO Wyoming @ 2/16/2016 4:29 PM

I have to agree with Mr. Harris on this one. At the very least use some bean bags if you have time and see if that will do, if not then deadly force is justified against a Machete.

SGT JJ @ 2/16/2016 5:11 PM

I AGREE, any one threatening with a Machete should have been shot, not sicked by a beutiful animal who would die for his master. I guestion any handler being kept in that assignment who fails to respect his partner enough to protect against such violence.

Dainvest7 @ 2/17/2016 6:16 AM

Just senseless. Don't know what training the handler went thru but I think it needs to be reevulated.

Tom Ret @ 2/17/2016 8:27 AM

I don't believe that dogs should be used in such a manner that they are considered expendable. There are other means available if non lethal force is considered. An officer is not expected to go hands on with an armed suspect and neither should a k-9, at least knowingly. It is not pc but I value the life of the dog over the scum bag who is slashing it with a machete.

Robert @ 2/17/2016 8:40 AM

Well, Tom is it doesn't really matter.
As for the rest, you should all turn in your badges...and especially your guns. Does the article say the person was threatening anyone with the Machete or simply not obeying orders. Perhaps the people who wrote the comments have knowledge that is not contained in the article...because my brief review showed he was alone, in a home with 4 bb guns, the machete and a bow and arrow...and was obviously having mental issues.
The typical BS..where contempt of Cop is a Capital offense. Unless he was actively threatening someone's life with the Machete, then the appropriate level of force was used. It appears everyone walked away alive, which should be the main focus...but according to this board, the main focus should be: comply with cops immediately or we can execute you on the spot (in your own home)!!
As for using the dog, yes there were probably other ways ...what ever happened to tear gas, flash bangs and tasers?

Tom Ret @ 2/17/2016 9:57 AM

I would favor sending in Robert and save the dog.

mike @ 2/18/2016 5:39 AM

Robert was there is spirit; he is all-knowing, all-powerful and HE has the final word. POS.

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