Pittsburgh K-9 dies after stabbing

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police say a K-9 stabbed by a man being arrested on fugitive warrants died Thursday night.

The 8-year-old police dog, named Rocco, was fatally injured Tuesday night when police arrested 21-year-old John Lewis Rush. Rush was one of Allegheny County’s most wanted fugitives because of warrants for probation violations and failing to register as a sex offender.

Police say Rush was arrested about 10:30 p.m., or about 40 minutes after he fought and got away from a sheriff’s deputy.

Police apprehended Rush, but not before they say he stabbed the dog in the back. The animal was being treated by a veterinarian. Two police officers also suffered leg and arm injuries.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard says the dog was treated for the wound, but ultimately could not be saved.

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