- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tacoma police say a man accused of hitting a police dog on the head with a baseball bat and also punching the dog has been arrested.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/CJtA0O ) that 34-year-old Patrick Abregana is charged with harming a police dog, resisting arrest, attempted second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault.

Police and court documents say staffers at a Tacoma hotel asked police to remove the man Tuesday evening. There reportedly was also a felony warrant for his arrest.

Seven officers and police German shepherd Oscar approached the room and forced open the door when the man wouldn’t let them in. Police spokesman Loretta Cool says Oscar was sent in when the man refused commands and the man hit the dog with a metal bat.

At one point, after the dog bit his arm, Cool says the man started punching the dog in the face.

The spokeswoman says Oscar suffered a lump on his head but was soon back at work.


Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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