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Police dog bites toddler during search of home

Posted at 4:45 AM, Jul 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-23 04:45:27-04

SAN JOSE, CA (KRON/CNN) – A California toddler is recovering after being bitten by a police dog while officers were searching the home for a wanted felon.

A San Jose police dog bit and dragged 18-month-old Arabella off the couch and onto the floor as officers served a search warrant at the home July 14.

The toddler had to get six stitches on her back where the dog severely bit her.

"She's in stress. She doesn't want to eat. When she sees somebody or somebody knocks on the door, she says, 'Oh, Mom, Grandma, is the dog coming again to bite me?'" said Maria Pena, Arabella’s grandmother.

The family is now looking for a lawyer and plans to sue the department for the horrific ordeal.

"The police and the dog that did [this] to my granddaughter, he had to fire this police [officer] because he's not professional. And I don't know the dog because the dog is animal, is not human, but have to learn, teach how to do a good job you know," Pena said.

San Jose Police released a statement saying the incident was an accident but didn’t say whether the K-9 officer will face disciplinary action.

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