05/03/2013 12:15 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Independent Investigations Office probe into Nanaimo police dog bites nipped

NANAIMO, B.C. - Two suspects bitten by a police dog in Nanaimo, B.C., won't have their case probed by B.C.'s fledgling Independent Investigations Office.

The man and woman were bitten as they fled following a suspected car theft in the Vancouver Island city last Saturday morning.

Police say the woman was treated and released but the man was more seriously hurt.

An IIO team was on the scene within hours and has completed its preliminary investigation.

The office has now released a statement saying while the incident was officer-related, the victims' injuries do not meet the definition of serious harm, so the IIO does not have jurisdiction.

The case has been closed.