Nogales student attacked by police dogPosted: Updated:
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- Southern Arizona authorities are investigating why a Nogales Police Department police dog attacked a 15-year-old Nogales High School girl while the dog's handler and two other officers were inside a classroom conducting a presentation on gun safety.
Students ran to the classroom last Thursday afternoon to alert officers.
Police Capt. Heriberto Zuniga says the dog's handler immediately ran out to retrieve the German shepherd, which had backed off after the teen was on the ground.
The girl was treated for bites on her arms and scratches on the lower back.
Zuniga says he believes somebody opened the door allowing the dog out of a vehicle parked about 10 feet to 15 feet away from the classroom.
The Nogales International (http://bit.ly/rYF0pl ) reports the incident is under investigation by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
Information from: Nogales International, http://www.nogalesinternational.com