A suspected burglar hiding in a Sumner home Thursday choked and hit a police dog in hopes of avoiding arrest, police said Friday.
The News Tribune is not naming the man because he has not been charged with a crime. Pierce County prosecutors will decide Monday whether to file charges.
Sumner police were called about 8 p.m. to a house in the 2300 block of East Valley Highway and found someone had broken into the home.
Two women who were caught burglarizing the house surrendered. A man who broke into the home refused to come out, police said.
Because the man would not surrender, officers sent Maverick, a K-9 tracking dog with Puyallup police, into the house. The man allegedly choked and hit the dog before officers intervened. The dog was not seriously injured.
The three suspected burglars were taken into custody.
Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle said Maverick, a German shepherd dog who joined the department in 2012, was back at work Friday.