A man suspected of trying to choke a Puyallup police dog has been ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Chad Fields, 42, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of harming the police dog, first-degree burglary and resisting arrest.
He was arrested Thursday in the 2300 block of East Valley Highway in Sumner after officers found him hiding in the attic space of a house. Officers came to the home after the security system went off.
Two women rummaging in the garage came out on their own and told police Fields was still inside, according to charging papers.
Police searched the home with a K-9 dog for nearly an hour but didn’t find Fields. They brought in a second search dog — Maverick, a German shepherd from the Puyallup Police Department — and Maverick immediately led officers to the attic.
When the dog entered the attic, Fields allegedly grabbed him and began choking him. The area was too small for the dog to escape or officers to help, records show.
“… Eventually officers had to break through the first floor ceiling in order to rescue the K-9 from Fields,” charging papers state.
Fields and Maverick crashed through the floor, and Fields struggled with officers until he was restrained.
Police said they found a knife in Fields’ pocket after he was taken into custody.
Maverick was not hurt in the scuffle.
The two women found in the garage were charged with first-degree burglary.