You don’t want to have a run-in with a police dog in North Port, Florida. A year-long investigation by Michael Davidson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune found that North Port’s canines have been biting people at an alarming rate. And the dogs aren’t just drawing a little blood. Many of suspects on the receiving end of K-9 unit attacks have been left with serious, lasting injuries. On this episode, Davidson takes us behind the story and explains how he tackled the reporting while covering other assignments.
Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read Michael Davidson’s investigation, “Scarred: Bite stories reveal darker side of North Port’s award-winning police canine team.”
- Read more about how the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported the story.
- Explore a database of police dog bites in Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port, Venice, Palmetto and Punta Gorda from 2010 through 2014.
Music in this episode is by Podington Bear.