Handler comes to aid of Vernon RCMP police service dog

Suspect in possible theft case allegedly tries to punch RCMP dog after being tracked

A Vernon police service dog was not injured in an attempt to subdue a theft suspect.

Vernon RCMP and a police service dog unit were called to parking lot E at Silver Star Mountain Resort Thursday, at around 6:30 p.m., for a report of a possible theft of a trailer in progress.

En route to the scene, officers were told the suspect vehicle was a white Ford pick-up with a broken rear tail light.

“The suspects in the truck left after trying multiple times to hook up the trailer without success,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The white F350 had an Alberta plate on it, and the vehicle was located down an embankment in the 7800 block of Silver Star Road. No one was in the vehicle.

The police service dog team followed a track and located one male suspect.

“When the police dog approached the suspect the man started hitting our police dog,” said Molendyk. “Our dog handler had to immediately intervene to prevent injury to the police dog. The suspect was finally subdued and handcuffed. Fortunately our dog was not hurt.”

The 46 year old Alberta resident suffered a dog bite and small laceration to his head as a result of the incident. He was checked out at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and returned to the police office after minor treatment.

A check of the trailer found there were two snowmobiles inside it the suspects were attempting to hook up to.

Officers later learned that the suspect who was arrested gave police a false name.

“It turns out he has numerous warrants out of Alberta,” said Molendyk. “He has been remanded in custody.”

The second suspect was not located.


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