- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A 27-year-old Vancouver, Washington man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a police dog and his handler has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/lW71Rz ) that Michael D. Hayes was sentenced Thursday.

Court documents say police were called after the man forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home in August despite a court order not to contact her. When Hayes refused police requests to leave a bedroom, they warned that they would send in a K-9 and then they did so.

Records show Hayes threw K-9 Eron across the room and punched the dog’s handler, Officer Roger Evans, in the head.

Dog and handler suffered minor injuries.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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