Suspect Bites K9 Officer's Head, Fur Missile Bites Back
Boscawen, NH – A New Hampshire man bit a police dog on the head, and the K9 officer bit him back, in a struggle that ended with the man facing multiple charges.
The incident began when police were called to a home for a report of a person shot on Jan. 21, according to the New Hampshire Canine Trooper's Association's Facebook page.
Two people at the home were wanted on outstanding warrants, and fled when police attempted to arrest them, according to Boscawen Police Department Lieutenant Jason Killary.
The New Hampshire State Police were called to assist, and Trooper Daniel Livingstone arrived with K9 Veda.
One of the suspects was hiding in a trailer in the back of the property, and ignored police commands to exit the trailer.
K9 Veda was sent in and quickly located the suspect trying to hide under a pile of clothing.
When K9 Veda approached, the man began kicking and punching the dog. Then he put a chokehold on the K9 officer, and bit her on the head.
At that point, K9 Veda bit back.
“If you get into a biting competition with a police dog, you’re not going to win,” Lt. Killary said. “They’re pretty good at that.”
Eventually, police used a Taser to subdue the suspect, and took him into custody.
He was charged with resisting arrest, interference with a police dog, and assault on a police officer. The suspect also had an outstanding warrant.
Lt. Killary told Reuters he had never heard of a situation where a person bit a police dog.
K9 Veda was cleared medically, and police said she was doing okay.
The police dog received accolades from fans on the New Hampshire Canine Trooper’s Association Facebook page.
“Nice work Veda,” Steve Field posted. “I hope you left an impression on him also.”