A police dog in North Carolina nearly sacrificed its ear when a fugitive bit it as he tried to wrestle his way loose from the authorities.
At 4:28 p.m. Sunday, police officers in Wilmington, N.C., got a tip on the whereabouts of 22-year-old Keith Glaspie, who had eluded an arrest for a nonfatal Friday shooting. When police spotted him on Henry Street in Wilmington, he fled on foot, police said.
A 2-year-old police dog K-9 named Maxx soon caught up with Glaspie, and in the ensuing struggle, Glaspie tore into Maxx’s ear with his teeth, severing it in two and requiring more than 15 stitches. In exchange, Maxx bit Glaspie, who was treated for wounds to his thigh at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before police took him to jail.
“When [Glaspie] was biting the dog, it was something we haven’t seen,” Cpl. David Pellegrino told ABC affiliate WWAY in Wilmington. “Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before.”
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