Offbeat News Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 Dog Bite Did Not Violate Rights SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Washington state sheriff's deputy did not violate a suspect's rights when he ordered his police dog to "bite and hold" the man until other officers arrived, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said Thursday the arrest did not constitute an unreasonable seizure even though the suspect sustained serious injuries from the dog bite because the wounds were unlikely to be fatal. In upholding a lower court decision, the court also found that the deputy used appropriate force because the suspect was hiding in the dark and could have ambushed officer Edward Bylsma. "If Deputy Bylsma had wandered blindly into the woods with the dog on the leash ... Deputy Bylsma might have walked into an ambush," the court ruled. The case stems from the arrest of a Washington man wanted for a prior felony who fled from police after they pulled over his car, which had a license plate registered to a different vehicle. Officers chased him to the suspect's rural property, where he hid out in the woods until police tracked him down using the police dog that bit and held the man until other officers arrived.