Officer in court after ‘out-of-control’ police dog bit woman in park
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A police officer has appeared in court accused of being in charge of a dangerously out-of-control dog.
Paul Sheldrake entered no plea to the charge at Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Essex officer is alleged to have been in charge of black German shepherd police dog, Cain, when it ran towards a woman walking her Yorkshire terrier in Arun Park, Chelmsford, lunging at her and twice biting her on the right side.
Prosecutor Ashley Petchey, said Cain was a serving police dog at the time of the incident on February 11 last year.
He said the woman was treated at Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, where she received a tetanus shot and was prescribed antibiotics.
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Solicitor David Allan made no representations for the officer, who elected for the case to be heard at Ipswich Crown Court.
He was released on unconditional bail until a hearing on March 17.
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