GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A suspected burglar is now behind bars because of the work of a K-9 and his handler.
Tuesday, around 2:30 a.m., Grants Pass Police responded to an auto shop because of loud noises. Police say 23-year-old Dakota Geer broke into a storage shed and stole some money.
The K-9 went searching for Geer, finding him underneath a car. Geer refused to come out so the k-9 apprehended him. Police say Geer punched the dog in the head and neck multiple times that’s considered a felony.
A few years ago a Grants Pass officer worked to change Oregon law so K-9s would be considered officers.
“The law was set up where police dogs were equipment. And if they were assaulted or injured it would basically be criminal mischief. So as a result of going back there and making the adjustments these new laws were put on the book,” said Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety Lt. Jim Hamilton
Geer had some injuries on his left arm and side of his body from the K-9. He was treated and then lodged at the jail.