New West police investigating Surrey RCMP dog bites

The parents of this teen say excessive force was used after he was attacked by a police dog. - Photo courtesy CTV News
The parents of this teen say excessive force was used after he was attacked by a police dog.
— image credit: Photo courtesy CTV News

New Westminster police have taken over the investigation of a Surrey RCMP dog mauling a teen following a convenience store break-in early Saturday morning.

The teenager's father told CTV News that New West officers came to their home Tuesday morning to take new pictures of the injuries. The RCMP called in New Westminster's municipal force to conduct an independent investigation.

Photos by the family show the teen's cheek with stitches on a deep gash. He also has a broken nose.

"We are concerned with the injuries sustained by the 16-year-old. Given the circumstances, we have placed the dog handler on administrative duties and his police dog has been removed from operational duty while the New Westminster Police Department conducts their investigation," said Lower Mainland RCMP chief superintendent Janice Armstrong in a news release Tuesday.

RCMP said police saw two suspects fleeing the store in Surrey's Guilford neighbourhood. The dog was able to track down the one of the suspects, a 16-year-old boy.

The father told CTV News his son did something wrong and should apologize, but he still shouldn't have ended up with such serious injuries.

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