A Calgary police service dog was seriously injured during an altercation with two break-and-enter suspects early Sunday morning, police said in a release.
Police responded to the Grant MacEwan School in the northeast community of Falconridge at about 1:50 a.m. for reports of a break-and-enter.
Police chased two suspects who fled the school on foot.
A police dog — a German Shepherd named Jester with five years on the force — was stabbed by one of the suspects and was sent to an emergency vet hospital in life-threatening condition. The animal’s condition has improved to serious.
“Both suspects are in police custody and the offender who stabbed the dog will be detained,” police said.
An Edmonton police dog was fatally stabbed in 2013 prompting Quanto’s Law, a new criminal offence making it illegal to kill or injure a service animal.
The law went into effect in 2015 and in August 2016, the first charges were laid.