Suspect bites police dog during arrest in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER-A 32-year-old man bit and strangled a police dog while allegedly resisting arrest in downtown Vancouver early Thursday morning, according to police.

The Vancouver Police Department said in a press release that its officers were called to a social housing complex in Downtown Eastside that houses women and children shortly before noon.

A man who had allegedly threatened several people and kicked at a resident’s door, police said, adding that the suspect fled when officers arrived.

Police said officers followed the man to a building near the intersection of Keefer and Abbott streets, where police claim he resisted arrest and fought with a police dog named Mando.

The man strangled the dog and bit it in the ear, according to a post on VPD Canine Unit’s Twitter account.

Mando also bit the suspect during the arrest, and the man was taken to hospital for treatment, police said.

Police are recommending several charges against the suspect, but these charges have not yet been approved and the man’s name has not been released.

The dog unit said Mando is fine after the altercation.

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