Lynwood police dog bites Lowell boy, no criminal action taken
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent June 21, 2013 3:52PM
Updated: June 22, 2013 4:48PM
LOWELL — No action is being taken against a Lynwood, Ill., Police Department K-9 who bit a Lowell boy in April.
Lowell Police Chief Erik Matson said there is little the police department can do when it comes to dog bites besides document the situation. The matters become civil between owner and victim.
“The only real dog ordinances we have are they have to be on a leash,” Matson said. The town also requires dogs to be licensed and up to date on rabies vaccinations.
The incident occurred April 27 around 2 p.m. while Julia Kloosterman was walking with her four children eastbound in the 8000 block of W. 171st Place when one of two dogs located in the yard of a home with their owner charged the group, according to a police report.
When Kloosterman moved to shield her children from the first dog, a second dog later identified as Aik the K-9 knocked one of the children down and bit the back of his neck, the police report said. Both Kloosterman and the dog’s handler Lynwood Police Officer Brandin Fredericksen gave a statement to police.
Fredericksen was able to provide police with rabies documentation and the case was closed.
Lynwood Police Chief Michael Mears said the department did conduct an internal investigation of the incident but the results have not been made public because of the possibility of litigation.
Aik is one of two K-9s on the police force. Both dogs are certified annually by the United States Police Canine Association. The most recent certification took place this week and both dogs passed. The dogs also receive weekly training.
“This is just one of those unfortunate incidents,” Mears said. He described Aik as a social dog who has since participated in demonstrations with the public without incident.
Mears said he has reached to the family to find out how the boy was doing but the family has not yet been in contact with the department.
There was no answer at a listing for a Julia Kloosterman in Lowell and the phone number did not have a voice mail option.