A POLICE dog is in a serious condition after collapsing following a gruelling police chase in Newcastle.
Police were called to reports of a burglary in progress at a house on Staton Street at Adamstown Heights shortly before midnight on Saturday.
It’s understood an 84-year-old man called police after two intruders tried climbing through his window.
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Police rushed to the house and with the assistance of police dog Kane chased the two intruders through nearby bushland.
Kane and his handler managed to detain the pair, aged 22 and 27, before both were arrested and taken to the Mater Hospital for treatment.
A short time later, police dog Kane collapsed and was taken to a veterinary clinic in a serious condition.
He remains there this morning, still receiving treatment.
The 27-year-old was released from hospital and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with break and enter with intent, enter enclosed lands, resist arrest, goods in custody and possess house breaking implements.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court today, while his 22-year-old co-accused remains in hospital and will be charged once he is released.