Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Man Charged for Attacking Police Dog after Vehicle Chase

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Man Charged for Attacking Police Dog after Vehicle Chase

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Edmonton man charged under police dog attack law

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EDMONTON - Edmonton police say it has laid its first charge under a law that tries to deter attacks on police and service dogs.

Police say the canine unit tried to stop a speeding vehicle on Tuesday, but it took off, so the police helicopter tracked the vehicle from air for more than an hour driving erratically in Edmonton, Beaumont and Strathcona County.

When the vehicle was stopped by a spike belt, the driver fled on foot, but police service dog Jagger caught the driver, who allegedly assaulted the dog.

Police say the dog has non life-threatening injuries.

Ryan James Prystay, who is 33, is facing several drug, theft and weapons charges as well as a charge of injure or endanger a law enforcement animal. …

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