Assistant chief: Bay K9 officer got loose in past incident

Assistant chief: Bay K9 officer got loose in past incident

BAY, AR (KAIT) - Bay Assistant Police Chief Tommy Cole confirms the department's K9 officer Vox did get loose one time the week before he was killed.

He said Vox was staying with the officer who was handling him and they recently moved into a new home.

Cole said the officer set up a 15' by 15' outdoor pen with a doghouse inside it for Vox.

“I was informed he secured the bottom of the gate and also he secured the perimeter of the fence to where the dog couldn't get back out,” Cole said. “During all of that there could have been a spot that he possibly missed and the dog found that spot and that's how he got out this time.”

Cole said he is unsure if the handler will face any disciplinary action in connection to the incident.

“We've spoken to him in depth and let him know what our feelings are towards him and his family,” Cole said. “We lost a part of our family and he lost a part of his family so it's just going to take some time.”

The mayor and city council are expected to meet to discuss the possibility of the department getting a new K9 officer.

The department is hosting a public memorial service for Vox at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the Bay High School Gym.

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