Police dog allegedly choked by suspect: Durham cops

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A man has been charged after a police dog was assaulted in Oshawa.

The Durham Regional Police Service was called to a residence on Olive Ave. on Monday for a disturbance where a suspect was allegedly breaking furniture and smashing windows.

Police say officers and the K-9 unit responded and made attempts to arrest the man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

During the arrest of the suspect, the man allegedly took a police dog’s leash and started to choke the animal. Officers eventually gained control and took the man into custody.

Police took the man to hospital and where medical personnel administered him Narcan,  which can help reverse an opioid overdose. The dog, named Rouge, suffered minor injuries.

A 41-year-old man from Oshawa has been charged with two counts of mischief and damage  to property, and willfully cause pain and suffering to an animal.

kconnor@postmedia.com

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