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Police K-9 Bites Lead Instructor at Training Center in Richmond County; Corporal Suffers Gashes to His Arm


The lead instructor of the K-9 Explosive School was injured last week by a police dog at the training center in Blythe, authorities said.

Donald McVean poses last year with another K-9 (from Facebook)

Cpl. Donald McVean was working with a student from another agency on Thursday when he adjusted  that agency’s K-9 collar.

“The K-9 turned and began biting Cpl. McVean,” sheriff’s Sgt. Caleb Lee said. “The animal was pulled back and Cpl. McVean was taken for treatment due to some gashes on his arm.”

The corporal’s report says, “While attempting to adjust the collar on K9 Butar (Henry County K9), he turned and bit my left hand. When I was able to get him to release the left hand, he grabbed my right hand.”

Once Cpl. McVean was able to get Butar to release his right hand, the corporal had a deputy take him to Augusta University Medical Center.

McVean has been in charge of certifying K-9 units for the state for several years and has been part of the K-9 unit in Richmond County for about two decades. Last year, he was part of a team that helped with the SuperBowl in Atlanta, providing support with K-9 units.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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