Deputy forced to shoot Fishers K-9 after attack

Department conducting internal review

INDIANAPOLIS - A Fishers Police K-9 was fatally shot Wednesday after it latched onto an off-duty officer's arm and would not let go.

Officials said Officer Tracy Saxhaug was caring for the K-9, named Arrack, at her Hamilton County home Wednesday afternoon when a car pulled into the driveway, sending the dog into a "defensive stance."

Police said the K-9 bit Saxhaug's arm and would not release her, so the officer's family member called for help.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Department deputy also could not get Arrack to release Saxhaug's arm, and the decision was made to shoot the dog.

Saxhaug was treated at the hospital for puncture wounds, and she is expected to fully recover.

Officials said the Fishers Police Department is reviewing the incident, and Arrack's body will be sent to Purdue University for a necropsy.

Saxhaug was not Arrack's regular handler, but was just caring for him temporarily.

Arrack was 6 years old.

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