Via WINK: LEE COUNTY, Fl. - A Lehigh Acres man is behind bars Friday after deputies say he beat one if their K9s.
The good news is that the canine officer named Iron, is going to be fine. He was checked out for internal injuries and is home with his handler. Officers say the dog did everything he's trained to do in high stress situations like this one.
Thursday night, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call involving Warren Jackson and his girlfriend on a Lehigh Acres street. After searching Jackson, they found cocaine on him. That's when he took off on foot. Deputies tried to stop him with a taser but missed.
"One of our K9 handlers was there and the dog was deployed... just prior to the dog getting to the suspect, the suspect turned and kicked the dog in the side of the chest. Punched him in the face, in the snout, in the side of the head," says Sgt. Fred Janke, LCSO K9 Unit Supervisor.
Deputies pepper sprayed Jackson but they say he continued to beat the K9. Deputies tased and cuffed him, and Iron was taken to the vet...
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