A POLICE dog has undergone surgery after being mauled by two other dogs while chasing a wanted man through a suburban backyard in Sydney’s west.
Police said the dog squad had been called in to help officers find the man, who was wanted for a number of offences, after he allegedly assaulted an officer at Whalan around midnight.
A police dog and his handler managed to pick up the man’s scent and found him hiding in a backyard.
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“Despite the handler checking the yard for other pets, when the police dog entered the yard and approached the hiding man, the police dog was mauled by two dogs,” the statement said.
The police dog was rushed to a vet and has since undergone surgery for internal injuries.
He is now recovering and will be monitored for the next few days, police said.
His handler sustained minor injuries to his forearm while trying to pull the dogs apart.
It was not immediately known if the suspect lived at the house where the police dog was attacked, or whether he was trespassing at the time.
He was arrested and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station where he was charged with a list of offences.
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