Police dog bites can cause severe injuries but there has never been any legislation proposed or passed in California to regulate K-9s. In the Bay Area, San Jose police lead the pack with the most number of dog bites.
KTVU focused in on about more than a dozen specific cases where police deployed K-9s on people, looking at the injuries they incurred and the reasons the canines were told to "find and bite." Here are their stories:
A 12-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital with severe injuries to his face, chest and hands, while a 12-year-old girl suffered facial injuries after a fireworks explosion at a Brentwood church.
A Brentwood police K-9 bit a woman in the head as she hid in an attic crawlspace one year before the same dog ripped the scalp off a shoplifter hiding in the bushes.
A woman who had shoplifted from a mall had her scalp torn off by a Brentwood police dog. This story has many disturbing visual elements.
One man is dead and another in police custody, after a family dispute Sunday afternoon in Brentwood.
This is the fifth year for the neighborhood's Tunnels of Joy, which expands on the usual holiday yard decorations.
KTVU FOS 2's Debora Villalon reports.
Bryan Lopez-Islas was one of at least three people who died on a Bay Area highway that day, in accidents that stretched from Belmont to Napa.
Three fatal accidents occurred within three hours early Thanksgiving morning, killing three people on highways spanning three counties across the Bay Area.
A retired farm worker and his dog died in a house fire in Brentwood. The victim's stepson suffered serious injuries from the blaze and is now fighting for his life at a burn center in San Francisco.
A neighbor jumped in to help to put the flames that broke out at a home at an apartment complex along the 200 block of Nancy Street in Brentwood just after 1:30 Thursday afternoon. A man and a dog did not survive.
Evacuations have been ordered in a Brentwood neighborhood as fire crews battle a dangerous house fire.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said three people were shot and one of them was killed in unincorporated Brentwood on Tuesday afternoon.
Brentwood police and the Drug Enforcement Agency have seized more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine this month, authorities said.
The Brentwood Union School District reported 15 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff only days the new school year began.
In San Jose, 85 percent of residents have gotten vaccinated. Mountain View and Brentwood are also re-instating masks in public buildings. San Francisco could be next.
A fire this week in Brentwood caused roughly $75,000 in damage to a home, according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
An Amtrak train smashed into a semi truck causing a extensive damage and a diesel spill. No one was injured but the train had to be evacuated and passengers were loaded onto buses to continue their travels.
The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday at an unmarked train crossing near Brentwood.