Massachusetts Cop Kills K-9 Police Dog, Claims Dog Bit Him

Keith Larson and Nico

Keith Palmer

The police killed the police dog right before they were going to track the scent of a suspect

Officer Keith Larson of the Plymouth Police Department in Plymouth, MA shot and killed his K-9 police dog Nico. Larson claims Nico bit him and would not let go.

On December 29, 2020 officers were dispatched to a 911 call where the suspect had fled the scene. Larson arrived at the location and was preparing Nico to track the suspect, but Nico allegedly bit Larson.

Police say that Larson tried several times to disengage Nico, but Nico kept his teeth into the skin of Larson. Police say that Larson was forced to shoot Nico with his department issued duty weapon, Boston 25 News reports.

Nico was hit several times and died at the scene. Larson was transported to the hospital by medics to be treated for bite wounds on his hands. Nico was a German Shepard. Larson is a 17-year veteran of the police force and has been assigned to the K-9 unit since 2017.

Police say that Nico bit Larson in April of 2020 also. Larson and Nico took additional courses and training, having to be recertified in July 2020.

Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri gave a briefing at police headquarters saying:

“It happened in less than 30-45 seconds, which is a long time that he had to go through that. I’m sure you realize it is difficult too for a K-9 officer to dispatch their own dog like that.”

Comments (11)
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GADDY
GADDY

A properly bonded dog would not do that. The animal obviously feared his handler. I had a German Shepherd - one of dozens of dogs over the years - at one of my pubs, and she mingled with the customers and loved everyone who loved her back. Only once was I bitten and that was when I tripped and stood on another of my dogs, hurting his leg. It was an accident on both our parts. If what I've read is true and K9 partners are treated cruelly in order to make them fierce, then it's common sense they will eventually lash out at whoever is doing the punching. By the way, there is NO excuse for punching a dog in the face. None.

Flightmedicqueen
Flightmedicqueen

I saw the response that Plymouth PD had... They said they use those tactics when training the dogs. When the dog doesn't let go of a person or object that they have in their mouth... He said they punch them when they train them & the handlers (Larson) that way & he did nothing wrong. OMG...I hate you see what he does with his own young children!!!

nicholasdouglas
nicholasdouglas

The police department should do it for all the time. They could get Dildos & Dongs for enjoying their lifestyle. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

Suki49
Suki49

I'm guessing that my previous comments didn't get in because I included links, so I'll try again without them.

I worked in law enforcement, and have been trying to break down the wall of media silence (and spin) on this subject for a very long time.

Just this past week, a report did appear that several witnesses recorded a Vacaville K9 handler repeatedly punching his assigned dog in the face over and over again. He was in a secluded area, and obviously didn't know he was being observed and recorded. The dog was also yelping in pain, but it is typical for the handlers not to have any remorse or compassion. (a link could have saved space here).

Anyway, not long afterwards, the media launched the department's "clean up" press releases, announcing the dog had no injuries, everything's fine, nothing to see here, move along.

For more information, one can look up the words stop k9 torture. Thank you.

let's-evolve
let's-evolve

Here we go again! The incidents of police brutality are unacceptable and despicable. Neglect, cruelty and murder of K9 partners has become a rampant atrocity. Keith Larson was obviously accepted when he should have been screened out. If his dog respected and loved him, there would have been no attack on the person with whom the dog is most bonded. I suspect the K9 training here is improper and cruel, just as it is in certain other police departments around this country, of which I have firsthand knowledge. My father was the head of the United States Government K9 Corps during WWII. He trained the dogs and men who handled them. I grew up with the dogs who escorted Premier Tojo from Sugamo Prison to the Military Tribunals each day. Those dogs LOVED my father and would never have any inclination to bite him or his family either. They wouldn't bite anyone unless instructed to - certainly not their handlers. Indeed there is something radically amiss in the training of dogs used by police today. Larson needs to be fired -- at the very least, banished from ever having a dog again -- personally as well as professionally. Hard to believe there are only four comments here.

Notright
Notright

Don't a regular person get charged if they bodily harm to one of them dogs where's the discipline?

Suki49
Suki49

what happened to the replies?

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

if a dog is biting there handler, then what kind of training are they using?
training a dog to attack and bit only creates a vicious unsafe animal that has no place around people.


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