Burglars stab police dog

2009-04-19 00:00

A police dog is recovering in a veterinary hospital after it was stabbed by a suspect who had burgled the holiday cottage of a Raisethorpe man in Pennington.

Police Captain Vincent Pandarum said patrol dog Alec from the Umkomaas SAPS Dog Unit was stabbed in the neck, side and back when he tackled a suspected burglar in bushes near the Pennington beach in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He said Yovesh Ramcharan (29) of Raisethorpe had rented a holiday house in Cherry Lane, Pennington, and had been socialising with family and friends until after midnight.

“He left his bag containing his personal belongings including a gold chain and pendant, cellphone, clothing, wallet with bank cards and cash as well as a 9 mm pistol in the bedroom while he went to the bathroom. When he returned from the bathroom he found the bag missing, realised that someone had broken into the house and contacted the police.”

He said police responded and followed footprints that led from the house towards the beach where they found three men walking on the beach, two carrying bags.

“When the men realised that the police were on to them, they dropped the bags and fled into the bushes. Patrol dog Alec tracked them down and tackled one of the men who was placed under arrest. When he tackled the second suspect he was repeatedly stabbed but clung onto the suspect until his handler, Inspector [Brendon] Rensburg, called him off and arrested the man,” said Pandarum.

The third man could not be located.

Police seized cellphones and clothing, which are suspected to have been stolen, as well as a knife alleged to have been used to stab the dog.

“Alec was bleeding profusely and was rushed to the Doonside Veterinary Hospital. He is in a stable condition and is expected to make a speedy recovery as the wounds inflicted on him do not appear to be life-threatening.”

Two men in their early thirties were treated at the G.J. Crookes Hospital for dog bites and arrested, said Pandarum. They will appear in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court shortly on charges of housebreaking and possession of suspected stolen property.

Ramcharan praised the quick response of the police. He said he has not been contacted in regard to any of his possessions being found and that he thought that the recovered items were not his.

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