Officers have captured Arco, a 5-year-old Belgian shepherd that bit two officers after getting loose near Metro Airport on Monday night.
The dog is now at the Romulus Animal Shelter and will be quarantined for 10 days before being released to his new owner. The quarantine is to make sure the dog doesn’t have any diseases, such as rabies, Romulus Police Lt. Josh Monte said.
It took animal control officers and police about two hours to capture the dog after he was spotted running near train tracks in Romulus this afternoon. An animal control officer looped a leash around the dog’s neck and he calmed down, Monte said.
The dog had arrived on a flight from Arizona to be united with a new owner and got loose when that owner let the dog out to relieve himself, Monte said. Arco went on the run shortly before midnight.
Arco, a retired bomb-sniffing dog that worked at the White House at one time, bit two officers when they spotted him near the airport around 5:30 a.m. The dog broke free from his collar when an officer went to grab him, Monte said.
One Romulus officer had to get stitches for a wound to his hand, while the other, an airport police officer, also was bitten on his hand but didn’t need stitches.
Rescued Helpers Inc., based in Tucson, Ariz., had Arco for the past seven months, said vice president and founder Nadine Karsevar. She took the dog to the airport Monday.
“He is not aggressive,” she said. “He’s not vicious.” She did not comment on why he bit two officers in Romulus.
“We have had him at events. We have had him in parades,” Karsevar said.
The dog was retired because he killed a cat that came into the backyard in Virginia, Karsevar said.
Officers spent the morning at bus stops waiting until children boarded as a safety precaution.