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Video obtained of teenage suspect stabbing police dog during 2017 response
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 9:40PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, April 16, 2018 9:47PM MDT
A video recording from the Calgary Police Service’s HAWCS helicopter of an attack on police dog ‘Jester’ during a July 2017 break-and-enter investigation in Falconridge has been released by the courts on the day the suspects were sentenced.
The recording shows Jester pursuing a teenage suspect riding a bike through the community during the response to a suspected break-in at Grant MacEwan School, in the 100 block of Falshire Drive Northeast, in the early morning hours of July 30, 2017.
The German Shepherd suffered four stab wounds to his head and was transported from the scene to a veterinary clinic in life threatening condition where he underwent emergency surgery.
Jester made a full recovery from his injuries and returned to his duties in September 2017.
The 14-year-old suspect and a second young offender, who was 15 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty in November in connection with the events of July 30 and were sentenced on Monday afternoon.
The teen who stabbed Jester was originally charged with several offences including maiming a police animal and break-and-enter.
The identities of the offenders cannot be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.