Armed robber attempts to drown police dog

15 Aug

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—A police dog in Grand Junction is recovering after a suspect allegedly tried to drown the canine.

The German Shepherd named Oldo tracked down 38-year-old Richard Stieb a quarter-mile away from a suspected robbery late Wednesday.

Officers say Oldo bit Stieb and then Stieb grabbed the dog with both hands and they both rolled into an irrigation canal. An officer then jumped on Stieb. A handgun was found near where Stieb had been lying on the ground.

Because of that, Mesa County sheriff’s deputies think Oldo helped keep a bad situation from turning worse.

Oldo suffered bruises to his ears, face and neck. Water and small rocks were found in his stomach.

He’s expected to return to duty Saturday.

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