LAWSUIT: Connecticut woman alleges Rio Rancho Police dog attacks her at an airport

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WINDSOR LOCKS, C.T. (KRQE) – A Connecticut woman is claiming she was attacked for no reason. She says she was bitten by a Rio Rancho Police K9 at an airport two years ago. Now, she’s suing the department and the officer who was handling the dog.

They’re supposed to serve and protect the public, but attorney Erika Anderson says that wasn’t the case for Rio Rancho Police K9, “Ben”, in August 2018 at an airport in Connecticut. “She was standing in line at the airport in Connecticut and directly behind her was the K9 unit from Rio Rancho Police,” she says.

Anderson’s client, Gina Parker, was getting ready to board a flight when she started to talk with Rio Rancho Police Officer Daniel Fleming, about her love for dogs. Officers from Rio Rancho had been in Connecticut for a police dog competition. Then, things turned violent.

“With no warning, she was standing in front of them. The dog went and attacked her leg and bit her,” says Anderson. A report from Officer Fleming mentions Ben was given a sedative right before the flight to help calm him down. Fleming says the drugs made Ben unresponsive at times.

Back in March 2017, Officer Fleming was a part of an event that allowed children to see what police dogs do. He even told KRQE News 13 at the time that these dogs are safe.

“It’s good to see the children get involved with this and show them that these dogs aren’t actually bad dogs. They’re very well trained dogs, very good dogs, and very good to have on our department,” said Ofc. Fleming.

Anderson says her client isn’t buying it and they are now suing the department and Officer Fleming. “There should’ve been a muzzle. The dog should’ve been in a cage to prevent something like this,” says Anderson.

Rio Rancho Police did not want to comment on the pending lawsuit, but they did say Ben is no longer with the department. It’s unclear if it’s because of this incident.

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