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Ruff Day At Work: New Jersey Police Dog Repeatedly Punched By Boy Trying To Elude Arrest

K-9 Doesn't Appear To Have Suffered Any Injuries
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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A southern New Jersey boy repeatedly punched a police dog during an unsuccessful bid to avoid arrest in a burglary investigation, authorities said.

Galloway Township police say the incident occurred around 4 p.m. Saturday, shortly after officers responded to reports of motor vehicle burglaries and a theft in progress.

A witness had followed the suspects to a nearby township home, and when police arrived there they encountered a male juvenile who was leaving the residence. Authorities say the boy obstructed their investigation into the burglaries and physically resisted when an officer attempted to arrest him.

The police dog and its handler soon arrived and tried to assist in the arrest, but the boy then repeatedly punched the animal. Authorities say the dog did not appear to be injured.

As officers were trying to take the youth into custody, authorities say 47-year-old Patricia Pendleton of Pomona left the home and tried to prevent the juvenile’s arrest. She was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest, and was released later Saturday.

The juvenile, whose name was not released due to his age, was treated for minor injuries he suffered during the arrest and was placed on home detention. He’s charged with obstruction of justice, aggravated assault on police, assault on a police K-9, resisting arrest, burglary and theft.

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