A Campbell River woman has received a settlement from the RCMP after she was bitten by a police dog in August 2010.
The amount of the settlement is not being released.
Michelle Papineau said she was enjoying a sunny day having a beer at the Campbell River estuary around 3 p.m. Aug. 5, 2010, when an RCMP officer and the police service dog arrived in the area. Papineau said the dog was cooling off in the water. When the officer called the dog, Papineau said it suddenly lunged at her, bit her in the arm and wouldn’t let go.
She filed an official complaint with RCMP Public Complaints Commission.
“I did absolutely nothing to deserve this,” Papineau said at the time.
She said the officer got the dog to let her go, then called an ambulance for her. Papineau suffered several puncture marks as well as bruising.
Papineau said at the time she was concerned about the incident because she feels she did nothing to antagonize the dog.
“I’m a bit angry about the whole thing and I think the public needs to know about this,” she said.
RCMP Cst. Alexa Blacklock said at the time that the “RCMP acknowledge this unfortunate incident and will respond to the outcome of the investigation.”
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