Cal­gary po­lice dog stabbed in head dur­ing ar­rest of youth

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

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.

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