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Man skewers K-9 with barbecue fork in Imperial Beach

Posted at 6:15 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 11:39:51-04
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- A K-9 for the San Diego Police Department had to be rushed to an animal hospital after being stabbed overnight Tuesday in Imperial Beach.
 
At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call from the family of an erratic 20-year-old man who may be on drugs in the 1600 block of Coronado Avenue. As officers arrived on scene, they learned the suspect had run from a home armed with a barbecue fork.  
 
According to police, a few hours later, the suspect returned to the home and began banging on doors and windows. Officers responded a second time and found him a few blocks away, in the 700 block of 16th Street. 
 
Police report that the suspect refused to drop the skewer, prompting officers to release a K-9. 
 
The suspect then stabbed the dog with barbecue fork twice, once in the neck and the buttocks. The suspect was then tased and apprehended. 
 
The dog was taken to a VCA Animal Hospital and is expected to survive. The man was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries. 
 
There was no immediate word on what charges the suspect faces and why he was originally being sought. His name was not released.