Man Gets Year In Prison For Assaulting Police Dog - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Man Gets Year In Prison For Assaulting Police Dog

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to one year in prison Wednesday for punching a police dog who bit him three times during a confrontation.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Spicer sentenced Robert L. Dulabhan, 57, of Barberton, who pleaded guilty on June 26 to a felony count of assaulting a police dog.

The judge said police dogs help protect the community and "deserve the same respect as other officers."

Police went to Dulabhan's home on May 17 after his daughter called to say he might be armed and she was afraid.

He was bitten on the head after he advanced toward police without raising his hands to show he was unarmed. He then knocked the dog back with a punch and was bitten twice more on the head.

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