Duke is part of the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team. Photo: Aiken Standard
A man who stabbed a K-9 police dog while fleeing from police was sentenced to five years in prison this week. Duke, a member of Aiken County's Bloodhound tracking team, was pursuing the man when he was attacked.
Duke was tracking down Patrick Spires and an accomplice suspected of stealing a vehicle. As Duke chased after the men law enforcement officers followed from behind. According to testimony from Deputy Felton Craig, bloodhounds are tracked with GPS collars but Spires cut off Duke's GPS collar and stabbed Duke twice.
Fortunately, the tracking team was able to locate the injured dog because of the GPS collar. As some of the officers took care of Duke, another dog continued to track the suspects and lead officers directly to the criminals.
Duke recovered from the attack that occurred in November 2011 and returned to duty a couple of weeks later.
This week an Aiken County jury found Spires guilty on charges of cruelty to a police dog and resisting arrest. Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Cooper sentenced Spires to five years in prison for stabbing the K9.
Duke is part of the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team, which has six bloodhounds. As part of his work, Duke assists police in tracking down suspects and missing persons.
Via the Aiken Standard
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