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Police: Albany K-9 bites car wash employee

Police: Albany K-9 bites car wash employee

Incident began after other employee opened patrol car door, police say
Police: Albany K-9 bites car wash employee
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ALBANY -- An Albany police dog bit a car wash employee Tuesday afternoon when another employee opened a patrol car door, police said.

The injured employee suffered two puncture wounds to his left arm and was treated at Albany Medical Center before being released.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m. at the Golden Arrow Car Wash, 1025 Central Ave. The police K-9 handler took his marked patrol car there to have it washed. Police, in a prepared statement, did not name the handler, the dog or the employees involved.

The incident happened when one car wash employee opened the patrol car's passenger side rear door, where the dog was, and the dog left the vehicle, police said. The second employee, a 34-year-old man standing nearby, then startled the dog, and the dog bit him on his arm, police said. The release did not indicate where the dog's handler was at the time.

In accordance with department policy, an outside agency will now evaluate the K-9, police said.

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