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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