Columbus Police Officer Forced to Shoot Partner K9

Police in Columbus say a K9 officer verbally correcting his dog's behaviors was attacked by the animal and had to shoot it.

The Division of Police says Officer Brian Carter suffered "serious" bites to his arms during a training session Saturday morning.

The dog, a 3 ½-year-old male Belgian malinois named Benzi, was euthanized by a veterinarian.  Benzi had been in service with Columbus Police for two years.

K9 unit supervisor Sgt. Mark Cartwright says it's the first time that a Columbus Officer has had to shoot a K9 partner.


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