A police canine was allegedly assaulted by a Helmet, Calif., man on Friday morning.
According to Saturday's KABC News, Ryan Dunbar, 25, allegedly stole a vehicle and then crashed it into a chain link fence in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Responding deputies attempted to apprehend the suspect, but the man ran into an overgrown area and he refused to surrender.
After Dunbar refused to come out, deputies sent in a canine. According to sources, the dog bit the suspect on the hand, and in turn, that man tried to strangle the dog.
After a struggle the man was apprehended.
The dog survived the encounter with minor injuries and the suspect is now facing charges for battery on a police service dog, in addition to charges for stealing a car.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station 951-245-3300 or, after hours and on weekends, sheriff’s dispatch, 951-776-1099.
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