Calgary, AB,

Update: PSD injured during arrest

A 14-year-old has been charged in connection with an attack on a Canine Unit police service dog over the weekend.

The teen, who cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with maiming a police animal, as well as break and enter and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public. This is the first time the CPS has laid charges under Quanto’s Law, which came into effect in July 2015.

A second youth, a 15-year-old, has been charged with break and enter. He, too, cannot be named.

At approximately 1:50 a.m., on Sunday, July 30, 2017, police were called to a break and enter at Grant MacEwan School, located at 180 Falshire Dr. N.E. Once on scene, police set up containment and two suspects fled from the school.

Police Service Dog Jester was deployed and during a foot chase, one of the suspects produced a knife and stabbed the dog multiple times in the head. The six-year-old German Shepherd was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital in life-threatening condition for surgery. His condition was upgraded to serious, and he is now home with his handler recovering from the injuries.

The Calgary Police Service and the Canine Unit would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes for Jester and his handler.