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Witness says Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s K-9 officer bit Edgewater Park jogger

October 4, 2018

Witness says Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s K-9 officer bit Edgewater Park jogger

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer bit a jogger Thursday morning in Cleveland’s Edgewater Park, according to a man who witnessed the attack.

Cuyahoga County spokesman John O’Brien declined to discuss specifics of the incident, and would only confirm that an “incident” occurred. He also said that the deputy’s full report would be available Friday.

Ken Poloha was at the park about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning flying his kite when he witnessed the encounter. He said in an phone interview with cleveland.com that a man was jogging through the park when the German Shepard started chasing the jogger from about 100 yards away.

He called the incident “horrendous.”

“I heard these three guys (deputies) yelling and screaming at the dog,” Poloha said. “They had no control. The dog had a mind of its own.”

O’Brien said deputies usually stop at the park to allow their K-9 partners to train. 

The dog latched onto the jogger’s arm leaving a gash, Poloha said. 

“He was in shock,” he said. “He didn’t know what to do. He said he was OK.”

Poloha said he was concerned about what happened and made a point to register his anger with the deputies at the scene. 

“This guy has a gun and can’t even control his dog? This was horrendous,” he said. 

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