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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Man BITES Dog: On-The-Run Suspect Is Caught On Camera Sinking His Teeth Into Ear Of A Police German Shepherd As He Tries To Escape During Chase

Theo has also been set on fire while on duty, helped catch robbers and even starred in children's book 'Theo and the Mystery Muffin Thief', penned by PC Greaves
Shocking video footage has captured the moment an offender on the run clamped his teeth around a police dog's ear and head.
German Shepherd Theo was deployed by his handler after a suspect refused to surrender to police following a chase through Hyde, Manchester.
Mobile phone footage filmed by a horrified bystander shows the man sink his teeth into the six-year-old police dog after it captures him in the middle of the road. 

The man had abandoned his car and led police on the chase in June. 
He can be seen in the clip repeatedly hitting and kicking Theo as he tries to break free of the dog's grip.  

The footage then shows a second man arguing with Theo's handler PC Gareth Greaves and shouting at the suspect on the floor to 'bite the dog's ear off'. 
Back up officers arrived soon after and the two men were detained.

PC Greaves said the tussle lasted some seven minutes, during which time both he and Theo were kicked to the floor. 
He was left with a split lip and a broken hand following the incident.
Theo suffered a wound to his head after being bitten and was unable to lie down for several days due to bruising.

PC Greaves said: 'It was a seven-minute incident. It was quite horrendous, I was kicked to the floor, had my lip bust. It was not nice.
'He wasn't giving up at all. He was a pretty determined individual. He put up quite a bit of resistance. We didn't finish until midday that day. My wife is a specialist operations officer.
'She helped patch Theo up. He had a nice warm bath and we cleaned up his head wound from the bite.'
The six-year-old dog previously appeared in the Manchester Evening News after he helped catch two burglary suspects in Saddleworth last year.
Theo has also been set on fire while on duty, helped catch robbers and even starred in children's book 'Theo and the Mystery Muffin Thief', penned by PC Greaves.
The man in the clip has since been charged with a public order offence, but was not charged for attacking Theo.  
PC Greaves said the incident highlights the need for a law to recognise working animals injured while on duty.

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