A dog trainer who has worked with police canines said it's likely a Las Vegas Metro police officer felt he had no other option when he shot a K-9 dog that was biting a fellow officer.
"For them to have to do that, they must have felt that they had to," said Alfredo Rivera, president of Sit Means Sit Inc. "They wouldn't have done it out of panic, they're professionals."
The dog, Marco, was recovering Tuesday at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center.
Officials said the animal attacked an officer while searching for a suspect Monday on Upland Boulevard, near Alta Drive and Jones Boulevard.
The animal became confused after a "momentary loss of visual contact between the police dog and the suspect," said Metro Sgt. Bill Cassell.
"Once you release a dog, it's very difficult for the dog to stay on track," Rivera said. "He's going out there to bite and anything in the way might get bit. Situations can change very quickly, and you can lose control of a situation."
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