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Man who killed police canine held on $1 million bail

John Rush
John Rush
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According to Friday's Post-Gazette, the 21-year-old man who stabbed and fatally wounded a police canine in Pittsburgh, Penn., is being held on $1 million bail.

On Friday morning, John L. Rush was arraigned and the judge set his bail at $1 million.

On Tuesday, police officers attempted at arrest Rush, a convicted sex offender, but the man attacked them, along with the police canine who was assisting. In the assault, the dog was stabbed numerous times, his handler was stabbed and two other police officers were injured.

The canine, an eight-year-old German shepherd named "Rocco," was seriously injured in the attack, suffering wounds to his kidney, spine and back. On Thursday evening, the wounded dog went into cardiac arrest and passed away.

Rush was facing warrants prior to Tuesday's incident - now, he is facing felony charges of abusing a police animal, disarming a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, burglary and misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, resisting arrest and possessing instruments of a crime.

Prior story about Rocco here.

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