News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Dog Bite Injuries to Man in Norfolk County

Case Number: 18-PCI-317

Mississauga, ON (11 October, 2019) ---
On the night of October 25, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Norfolk County after receiving a call about suspicious individuals in and around the residence. With the help of a police service dog, officers located some individuals of interest. The dog bit one of those individuals – a 23-year-old man – twice, resulting in him sustaining serious injuries. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the dog’s handler.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of investigations to the Attorney General.

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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342