The Saguaro Lake Incident: An Unconventional History

SAGUARO, Ariz.

— A man is suing a state official after an altercation involving a sheriff’s deputy and an Arizona sheriff’s dog in which the deputy allegedly beat the dog, then fled.

The lawsuit filed Monday in state District Court in Arizona alleges the deputy, whose name is not being released, was negligent in his duties and failed to prevent the dog from being assaulted and injured.

The sheriff’s office says the incident occurred Feb. 24, the same day the dog was injured by an unlicensed officer.

The complaint, filed by Arizona’s public defender’s office, says the dog has a “serious injury to his skull and spine” and is unable to walk properly.

The dog was transported to a veterinarian and then returned to the department to be examined.

A deputy who responded to the scene said the dog had suffered multiple head injuries.

The deputy who returned to investigate the dog’s injuries reported the dog to a supervisor and said the deputy said, “We’re going to have to euthanize this animal,” the lawsuit says.

The incident has been under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.