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article imageShooting suspect bites ear of police dog during arrest

By Arthur Weinreb     Jun 21, 2012 in Crime
Wilmington - Maxx, a 2-year-old police dog, was allegedly bitten on the ear to the point his ear was almost severed in two. The alleged biter was attempting to avoid police in Wilmington, N.C. who were trying to arrest him after a shooting.
The dog was bitten last Sunday as Travis Glaspie, 22, was trying to escape from police and avoid an arrest. After a foot pursuit began, Maxx managed to catch up to Glaspie and hold him by the leg. While Max was biting into the suspect to restrain him, Glaspie bit the dog on its ear.
Fox News reports Glaspie gave a jailhouse interview to WECT. He said, I ain't never been bit by a dog or nothing, so I bit the dog on the ear. I didn't even know the dog was behind me until I fell, and he was clamping down on me. So my first instinct was that I was terrified. I didn't know dogs could bite you like that.
Maxx's partner, Cpl. David Pellegrino, responded to Glaspie's comments saying that Glaspie could have given up, but didn't. Pellegrino added, " As far as someone trying to cannibalize a dog...I've never seen that before."
Lucy Crockett, a spokesperson for the Wilmington PD, was quoted by MSN NZ as saying, "He's a terrific dog and he was undaunted, even though he was being bitten, he did not let the suspect go."
Maxx, who had been working only since last February, received 15 stitches to close the wound to his ear.
Glaspie faces charges of felony assault on a law enforcement animal and resisting arrest from Sunday's incident. He needed treatment from injuries received after Maxx, despite having his ear severely bitten, refused to let go.
WFMY reports Glaspie was wanted after someone riding a bicycle fired two shots at a vehicle occupied by a man and a woman. There were no injuries although both bullets struck the car. The man told authorities he had been in a recent altercation with Glaspie.
When the shooting took place, Glaspie had just been released on bond. He was involved in a police chase on June 5 when he refused an attempt to pull him over. He fled into a house and eventually surrendered after officers surrounded the home.
Glaspie is currently being held on $1 million bond. As for Maxx, he will be back at work once he recovers.
Travis Glaspie  22
Travis Glaspie, 22
Wilmington Police Department
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