ZOMBIE DOG (RESIDENT EVIL)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Resident Evil: Retribution
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Zombie Dog is a term referring to domesticated canines infected with the t-Virus through its secondary method, namely the ingestion of infected food or organisms. It should be noted that they are separate from the Cerberuses; the latter was created specifically as a Bio Organic Weapon, while zombie dogs are viewed and treated as unintended side-effects of t-Virus dispersal and are thus classified as irregular mutants.
Like their B.O.W. relatives, the zombie dogs retain much of their former agility, with a noticeable increase in durability and aggression. In most cases, potential prey should listen for the sound of padding paws as a clue to their presence, with a growling warning that it has become aware of the player and is preparing to attack. They will let out a pained yelp when killed.
Akin to the canine related t-virus mutation is a general necrosis in their left eye orbit, leaving their left eye visible bulge out of their otherwise savage but proportional facade, making for an even more fearsome appearance.
As with most victims of the T-virus, the zombie dogs suffer from necrosis. It should be noted that unlike their B.O.W. counterparts, the Cerberuses, their necrosis is far more severe, resulting in exposed muscles, tendons, and even bones as well as a significantly-decomposed face.
Raccoon City and Sheena Island
Zombie dogs encountered during these two outbreaks typically roamed in packs of two or three and occasionally four, and adopted random attacking patterns. They frequently encircled the prey before charging in with a leaping attack, pinning them to the ground and ripping their throat out.
Some were encountered at random throughout Raccoon City by several survivors. A few found their way into Raccoon University. One broke into the Raccoon General Hospital in search of prey.
The Raccoon City Destruction Incident is the only known event in which a non-Doberman was infected – a Labrador. The reason for the frequency in Dobermans being found infected was due to Chief Brian Irons’ suggestion to the K9 unit that the breed be used as the police dog for the Raccoon City Police Department.
Rockfort Island and Antarctica
Curiously, these zombie dogs sometimes become active only when in close proximity to prey, completely ignoring the sound of gunfire nearby. This is particularly noticeable in the power room of the Antarctic Base. Whether this is down to the dogs being heavy sleepers or simply a deliberate act of lying in wait for prey to come to them is unknown. These dogs also learned to grab hold of a human arm and would attempt to shake it loose.