K-9 Fired From Florida Police Force After Biting 2 People

Posted at 7:30 AM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-20 07:30:00-05

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) — A police dog is being kicked off the force after biting a doughnut shop worker and an officer in separate incidents.

Officials say 4-year-old Renzo had been with the Coconut Creek Police Department for more than a year. The Belgian Malinois bit an officer in November while tracking a suspect. Last week, he burst out of a patrol car and bit a Dunkin' Donuts worker in the calf.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel ( ) reports Renzo and Officer Carl DiBlasi went to the doughnut shop Feb. 11 to meet a police sergeant. When the sergeant began to pet Renzo, the dog lunged at her. DiBlasi told her to back away and struggled to restrain Renzo, who broke away and bit the worker.

The retired dog will now live with DiBlasi.