Three Braintree Police Dogs Out of Service Following 'Vicious Attack' on Officer

Three of the police department's canines have been involved in attacks recently, against officers and a handler's son.

One of the 's K9's attacked an officer in April, sending her to the hospital for surgery. Kristine Lydon, who was bitten during a call to a local apartment complex, faces a "long, arduous and challenging" recovery, according to Police Chief Paul Frazier.

It was the third recent incident of aggressive behavior among Braintree's police canines, and so Frazier announced in a press release on Wednesday that he had ended the deployment of three of the department's patrol dogs as of Monday, but left K9 Lucky to continue serving as a drug detector.

"There is a certain risk when deploying K9's, not only to our officers but to our citizens as well," Frazier said. "The inherent danger associated with their deployment far outweighs the benefit and as such I have made the decision to end their deployment."

On April 28, the day of the attack on Lydon, she reported to Skyline Drive, where two youths had been reported missing, Frazier said. Sergeant Michael Want located the youths and police were about to clear the call when K9 Kitt "escaped" from the rear of a cruiser, ran past his handler Officer William Cushing Jr. and attacked Lydon.

She was brought to Boston Medical Center and faces additional surgery in the future for her leg injury. "Kristine is a strong individual and will get through this," Frazier said.

In a separate incident, K9 Dargo attacked his handler and was euthanized when the department found he had a genetic impairment. Another dog, Yento, attacked his handler's son. No further information on those attacks were provided in the release. Frazier was unavailable for further comment on Wednesday afternoon.

"It's bad enough that one of our finest officers has become a victim to a K9 attack, but if this was a member of the general public, the Town could be sued," Frazier said. "I trust in the future that a very thorough independent review of the K9 program will be conducted before any decision is made to reinstate the program."

Braintreeguy June 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Get through to me Kathleen? I never said anything about the mayor or preschoolers... Now whos the one bashing people with an axe to grind? And what is nanakate??? Kerrie your point makes mine for me. Seatbelts don't prevent accidents. Even with your supposed new changes and new training, accidents will still happen. I bet other police departments have had their fair share of these K9 accidents. Back to seatbelts again; I'm sure the BPD has had plenty of car accidents as well. Should we take their cars away? Other police departments have lived with their share of accidents because they recognize them as such. If you and Paul were running the department we would be left with a police force from the 1800's. No dogs, no cars, no guns, no tazers. Just cops on a walking beat with a stick to defend themselves. Those horses that they rode back then are probably too dangerous for them too ride either...
Braintree Mom H2 June 08, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I am very scared of dogs now that I read this page. I now think all animals are vicious. Stick the dogs somewhere else. I do not want to get bitten. [I am Carol's daughter Emily]
Kathleen DeWitt June 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Cooler heads need to prevail before we continue this dialogue. Have a great night EVERYBODY. Nanakate aka Kathleen DeWitt
Braintree Mom H2 June 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I hope that Officer Lydon has a swift and thorough recovery.What she has gone through sounds awful. Thoughts and prayers for her and her family while she is recuperating..
Kathleen DeWitt June 08, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Same here.
BraintreeMom June 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Really, just a bite????? Has anyone seen Officer Lydons leg ???? Dog biies bitten to the bone??? This brave officer, has been so dramatized, and yet would never turn on her other officers. Officer Lydon after a month, has had surgery, has a visiting nurse twice a day to pack her wound. She has been to the hospital 16 times to date. She has permanent nerve damage, and may have more surgery, will have to have physical therapy, and plastic surgery.... Just a dog bite???? I think after this bite the dog should be put down. Really, this situation has been swept under the rug!!!!!! I praise the Chief for getting rid of the Kynane after seeing what this officer has gone through. Please tell the truth????????? No cover up!!!! This officer could have bled out! Sick of excuses, take care of officers and citizens of Braintree! Cheers to you Chief Frazier for your caring!
Who r you to say just dog bite???????? Who are you u loser???????
Thank you for caring! Officer Lydon has been so brave throughout this ordeal.
Kerrie Doherty June 08, 2012 at 04:03 AM
ooooohhhh Braintreeguy.....way off base....g'nite....good luck...hahaha....and there it ends
Are you kidding me you looser? Where's your compassion? You feel more compassion for a dog than a human life ? Get real! This whole story has not been fully told! This officer who is a mother of three children, will never be the same! A dog is a dog is a dog! Thanks for your compassion!
Kerrie Doherty June 08, 2012 at 04:29 AM
so again...Braintreeguy...your solution is.......???????
Citizen June 08, 2012 at 11:32 AM
It's fascinating that you assess someone's intelligence on how well their opinions align with yours. Personal attacks in no way help your argument. I agree that dogs are useful law enforcement tools. They are weapons. So are RPGs and Claymores which I believe the police department does not use because of the likelihood of injuring bystanders. Again, if someone could demonstrate that a change in procedures or training would minimize the risk of this type of accident I would be all for the department using dogs. Like I said before, I want to feel safe when the police are around.
Sean June 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Kram you clearly misinterpreted my comment (still not sure how you came up with your assumption based on my comment because no where was I accusing the BPD of mishandling the dogs). I hold the BPD in very high regard and have many friends who are officers with the department, one who is a K9 officer. I was saying I hope the dogs weren't from breeders who overbred the dogs just for a profit in turn causing brain / genetic issues which would cause them to suddenly snap. I myself had a shepherd that was the victim of a breeder who did this and my shepherd that was trained very well by a professional trainer ened up being put down and we later learned that he had genetic problems due to overbreeding.
Sean June 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
We do need the dogs, they are a valuable resource not only to our police force, but to any police force. Hopefully you will never have a situation where a K9 dog either has to come to your aid (locate you) or find someone that has victimized you.
Sean June 08, 2012 at 03:28 PM
So you just admitted that you're ignorant to what police dogs do and the training etc., so you should probably do your homework before you continue with your ignorance.
Sean June 08, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Umm unlike you Kerrie would like to see the K-9 unit restored once it's determined what went wrong.
Sean June 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM
It's nice to hear that Chief Frazier walks with you at Pond Meadow.
Kerrie Doherty June 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Ummmmm Sean....please reread...not what I said at all. Just the opposite "return in the future" I believe is what is says and that is exactly my hope...return...improved and better than ever...
BraintreeMom June 08, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Sean, I have never met the man and I am not elderly. I read the Forum.
kram1388 June 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Who uses "you looser"? Oh, I guess that would be anyone that has a difference of opinion, which are many of us. Caring...why don't you tell everyone the full story. Are you a conspiracy theorist...I know a few who use the word "looser". Let's hear it because what you are saying about compassion for the officer, I believe everyone has. A lot of people are saying it's a shame that this happen and there's more than one victim here, truly yours "another looser".
kram1388 June 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Sean, yes, I did, at first read, I thought you were assuming that the BPD was utilizing K9 bred for aggression (and over-bred) and that the department learns from this (being the over-bred and aggression part). I just read it too quickly. I'm on board with you brother on what you are saying holding the BPD with very high regard.
kram1388 June 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I agree with you Mike!
kram1388 June 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I'm sure you don't want to get robbed either or in a car accident.
kram1388 June 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Well said WTF???? Does WTF stand for "what the face"????? I'm on board with you brother (or sister).
Common sense June 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
In response to WTF stating the dog did what it was trained to do! The dog got out of the car, ran past the handler and attacked a person on the other side of the street ( officer or not is regardless) Not a Track, not on a K9 call, no one being threatened !! Is this what the dog is trained to do ?? That is the problem here !!
LocalGuy June 09, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Has anyone considered the training these dogs receive? Where and how they were trained? It sounds to me like the handlers did not, or do not, have control over their animals. Was the handler not able to recall the dog before the dog decided to bite another officer? Did the dog choose to ignore the recall? How did the dog "break out" of the cruiser?
Oscar June 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Good Questions! Let's have some answers. Did the handler even call the dog?? Let's start there!
Shebbie June 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Didn't know this was a debate, thought everyone had a right to write their opinions. How long were these officers even trained to work with dogs? How long had they worked with the dogs? How did the dog escape from the cruiser? Were the doors not closed? Are the trainers unqualified handlers? One dog having a problem ? Certainly could be, but for 3 dogs? Sounds more like it is the lack of ability of the officers to be able to control the animals. I don't think anyone is disputing the fact that an officer is seriously injured but are contemplating as to why. A well trained dog is only as well trained as its owner/handler
Oscar June 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Shebble, Great questions! Let's hope to hear some answers and accountabilty


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