LIVINGSTON, MT — A kitchen manager visiting his place of work after hours was mauled by a police attack dog, which was released into the property with the purpose of seeking out and attacking anyone it found. Police defend the actions of the dog, saying “He did what he was supposed to do.”
Mark Demaline shows off his wounds. (Source: Shawn Raecke, Livingston Enterprise) Mark Demaline shows off his wounds. (Source: Shawn Raecke, Livingston Enterprise)
Mark Demaline manages the kitchen of Park Place Tavern in Livingston, and on August 22, was visiting the business at 2:00 AM, which he often does, to eat before going home. His routine visits are brief, as he makes a quick salad, grabs his laptop, and leaves. He does not lock the door while in the tavern, reported the Livingston Enterprise.
Unbeknownst to Demaline, police had decided to perform a “standard downtown security check,” which involves entering a private business without probable cause or a warrant, snooping around inside and releasing an attack dog to sniff out intruders, without permission from the owner.
Mark had prepared himself a take-home salad and prepared to exit the building, with food and drink in hand. A strange black dog approached him.
Being a dog lover, Demaline greeted the dog, “Hey puppy.” The dog lunged at him and sank its teeth into his leg, gnawing his flesh with repeated bites. Mark dropped everything and began screaming and trying to restrain the attack dog.
Just then two Livingston police officers appeared. The K9 handler, Officer Andrew Emanuel, took control of the dog. Demaline was cuffed and dragged him outside for an interrogation. A phone call confirmed he had permission to be in the building, unlike the police officers and their violent dog.
The property owner was quite upset that he was not called first. “I’ve been in the phone book for 40 years,” said Glenn Godward, incensed that his cook was mauled and his business was intruded upon.
The police chief staunchly defended the warrantless search, as well as the use of the dog. He claimed that police can enter any private property if it is unlocked. Nothing that happened was out of line, according to the chief.