Thanks to the time-honored newspaper shibboleth we’re pretty much duty-bound to report this any time it happens, so here goes. Keith Glaspie, 22, is accused of biting a 2-year-old police dog named Maxx after fleeing from officers in Wilmington, N.C.
After Maxx chased down Glaspie in an effort to detain him, the suspect bit into Maxx’s ear, tearing it into two pieces and leaving a wound that required more than 15 stitches. Maxx then bit Glaspie in the thigh, giving him wounds that won him a trip to a hospital before jail, according to ABCNews.com.
A police officer who witnessed the attack said the bite was unprecedented. “Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before,” Cpl. David Pellegrino told ABC News.
Glaspie’s rumble with Maxx will add a felony charge of assault on a law enforcement animal to the already long list of legal charges he has racked up this month. He was initially charged with resisting arrest after jumping out of his car when police tried to pull him over on June 5, after which he was arrested and released after posting a $5,000 bond. Then, on June 15, Glaspie allegedly opened fire on an occupied vehicle while riding by on a bicycle. He is now being held on a $1.025 million bond.
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