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OH K-9 Officer Sued for Negligence After Dog Bites Woman at Barbeque

A friendly backyard barbeque hosted by a Belmont County sheriff’s deputy in the summer of 2019 quickly took a turn, requiring medical intervention and even a weigh-in from the Ohio Supreme Court.

The state’s highest court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a negligence lawsuit filed against K-9 officer Dustin Hilderbrand, whose police dog Xyrem – hours after being showcased for his narcotics-sniffing abilities – bit a woman’s chest during a cookout at Hilderbrand’s home in Jefferson County. The injured woman, Allison Harris, underwent breast surgery as a result and later took the K-9 officer, in his personal capacity, to court.

“He got drugs out of his police cruiser, hid them around the yard and had this dog go looking for them – basically turning his backyard during this barbeque into a crime scene,” Harris’ attorney James Bordas told the Court.


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