Dunedin man charged with burning police dog on nose with cigarette

Deputies arrested a Dunedin man Friday morning after they say he burned a police dog on the nose two times with a cigarette, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities arrived at a mobile home park at 1275 Belcher Road about 10:30 a.m., for a call about a man seen breaking in through a window. After ordering the suspect to come out, with the help of the owner, deputy Harry Harris and a police dog named Axel entered the mobile home.

Inside, Harris found Ryan James Packer, 19, holed up in the bathroom, deputies said.

Packer refused to come out, authorities said, and hit Harris when he neared the bathroom. Deputies sent in Axel, and the dog "was able to get a firm grip" on Packer. Axel sunk his teeth into Packer's arm

Armed with a cigarette in his right hand, Packer touched it to the dog's nose twice, authorities said.

Packer, whom deputies said is a transient, was charged with battery against a police dog, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and trespassing.

He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and held in lieu of $10,300 bail.

Dunedin man charged with burning police dog on nose with cigarette 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 9:42pm]

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