Police dog literally takes a bite out of crime at Florida burglary

By George Chidi
Friday, August 23, 2013 16:43 EDT
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James Ryan Harrell, courtesy of the Hernando Counter Detention Center
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A criminal suspect in Florida will probably be standing during his next court appearance after a police dog chewed his posterior during an arrest Friday.

Witnesses allegedly saw James Ryan Harrell apparently breaking into a tire store in Brooksville, Fla., Friday. He reportedly fled when Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived, police said Friday afternoon.

A police dog, Dzel, caught wind of a track and followed it with deputy Jason Jernigan to a nearby business, police said. Dzel found Harrell and was subsequently “bitten in the buttocks,” police said. A local hospital treated Harrell before being transported to the Hernando County Detention Center, police said.

Harrell confessed to entering the business to steal tires and rims to re-sell and admitted removing four tires from the store three days earlier that he intended to install on his own truck, police said. In addition to a prior charge of shoplifting from earlier in August and driving with a suspended license in March, Harrell stands charged with two counts of commercial burglary from the tire store, police said. His bond was set at $6,000, police said.

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