Hanceville Police Officer Forced to Kill K-9 Partner After Being Attacked

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A police officer was forced to shoot and kill his K-9 partner during a training exercise when the dog became agitated and attacked him on Monday.

According to Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail, Officer Anthony Childress shot and killed the dog, named Itchabon, after the dog bit his leg then lunged at him and attacked his head.   Childress was injured in the attack, but is expected to be released from the hospital today and is expected to make a full recovery.

Childress was very close to Itchabon and is very upset about having to shoot him, according to Nail.  Itchabon was 6 years old and had been with Hanceville police for about a year and a half.

The city of Hanceville had invested about $5,000 in Itchabon.  Mayor Nail said that because of the attack and expense associated, the city will no longer have a K-9 unit on staff.