Calgary police dog stabbed in head during arrest of youth
A youth accused of stabbing a Calgary police dog during an arrest faces charges under a new section of the Criminal Code that protects law enforcement animals.
Acting Staff Sgt. James Lines said the dog — named Jester — was stabbed multiple times in the head while trying to catch the youth outside a Calgary school where officers were responding to a break-andenter early Sunday.
Officers arrested another youth and both face charges connected with the break-in.
Jester was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital with injuries described as lifethreatening, but Lines later told a news conference the dog had been upgraded to stable and was walking.
The youth suffered minor bites from the dog, Lines told reporters, but he didn’t have details about those injuries or if the youth was treated in hospital.
“The offender that stabbed the police service dog is going to be charged under the new section of the Criminal Code, Section 445, which deals with injuring a police animal in the execution of its duties,” Lines said.
Jester has been a police dog for five years.