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Dash cam video shows K-9 biting incident

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Dash cam video shows Enzo charging at the teen victim (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Dash cam video shows Enzo charging at the teen victim (Courtesy: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
The teen's mother sent us a picture of a wound she said he got in the incident. (Source: Tamara Lykes) The teen's mother sent us a picture of a wound she said he got in the incident. (Source: Tamara Lykes)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said the dog that managed to escape its crate and bite a teen has been retrained, recertified, and is back in action now that the investigation into the incident is complete. Deputies said they also discovered what led to the malfunction that allowed the dog to escape from the vehicle and have a plan to keep it from happening again.

The Sheriff's Office released video of the attack, which Maj. Shea Smith said happened on Goodrich Street back in May. K-9 officer Enzo was with his handler as his handler responded to reports about shots fired amongst a large group.

Smith said the responding deputy saw a group of young men at the parking lot of Hollis Academy and told them to leave, but they didn't.

As the deputy got out of his car to make contact with the group of males, Smith said Enzo was able to get out of his carrier because a latch failed on a side-door that allows deputies to quickly let canines out of the vehicle crate.

Smith said fur had built up around the latch mechanism and the door, preventing the door from being properly secured.

Enzo was able to get out of the vehicle and Smith said the dog went after one of the males who was running in the direction of the dog's handler. Smith said trainers and investigators who have reviewed the incident think Enzo believed his handler was being threatened and reacted to protect the handler.

The dog was not on the leash at the time, but Smith said the dog heeled when his handler commanded him to.

The mother of the teen who Enzo attacked said her son was bitten on the buttocks and right arm and suffered minor injuries.

Smith said to prevent further attacks deputies will no longer use side doors to let dogs in and out of their vehicle carriers unless an emergency arises.

Enzo has been serving the Greenville County Sheriff's Office for more than five years and will continue to serve the agency.

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