Police have appealed for information after they said a man bit their dog following a dramatic car chase.
New Plymouth Police in New Zealand allege a 33-year-old man crashed his vehicle into several parked cars before breaking into a house and demanding the occupant’s keys.
He then allegedly took another car, abandoned it and demanded keys from another house owner.
Detective Sergeant Gerard Bouterey said he was located by police a short time later but fled the scene.
“A police dog was used to track him down but the man has fought with the dog, slamming it into the ground and a concrete wall, and biting its head,” Detective Sergeant Bouterey said.
“The dog is recovering well, he’s now at home with his handler and is not expected to suffer any long-term side effects.”
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The man was also injured and taken to hospital.
“There were a number of people who contacted police at the time of these events, but any further witnesses are urged to come forward,” Detective Sergeant Bouterey said.
The man was due to appear in New Plymouth District Court on Tuesday on driving, dishonesty and violence charges.