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Port St Lucie Police Department welcomes back K-9 Dingo

K-9 Dingo was injured while apprehending a feeling subject
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Posted at 4:05 PM, Oct 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 08:34:24-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Port St. Luce Police Department announced Thursday that a valuable member of its team is back after being injured last week while apprehending a fleeing suspect.

K-9 Dingo was kicked multiple times by the suspect, Christopher James Smith, 26.

The incident occurred in the early morning of Oct. 2 in the 400 block of SW McClellan St.

Officers were dispatched to the scene about a loud noise complaint and found Smith, who they say had a felony arrest warrant revoking pre-trial release for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

According to police, Smith fled towards a nearby house. A K-9 officer gave multiple warnings before deploying Dingo.

Dingo grabbed a hold of the suspect's right foot as he began to swing his legs over the fence.

Dingo was kicked multiple times as the suspect tried to free himself. The K-9 was taken to the Veterinary Medical Center of St. Lucie County. Police said X-rays were negative for any fractures and Dingo was given medicine for a soft tissue injury.

Smith was charged with battery on a police K-9, resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence.

He remains locked up, police said.