A tragic incident took place at the San Ysidro port of entry last Thursday, September 14. At around 3:05 PM, it was reported that a K9 from the human narcotic detector dog (HNDD) unit attacked a traveler's pet that was crossing the border at the secondary inspection area.
The port of entry, which has a solid infrastructure and a team of highly trained guards that include canine units famous for their ability to detect illegal substances, has always been known for the safety and efficiency of its border control.
On this occasion, the traveler fortunately was not harmed during this incident. However, after the attack, the traveler's dog's pulse was verified. Unfortunately, it did not show any signs of life and was declared dead in this place.
According to what CBP has told San Diego Red, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at CBP has begun an exhaustive investigation about this incident. It is expected that this investigation reveals what circumstances led to this tragic incident and determines the proper measures that must be taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.
This incident has created debate about the policies and procedures regarding interactions between K9 dogs and travelers at the port of entry. Many users have shared, regarding this news, that they believe that the affected person should be compensated in some way.