Police dog receives serious injuries during arrest

A 34-year-old Regina man faces additional charges after being initially arrested for sexual assault.

The additional charges include injuring a law enforcement animal during his arrest.

On Thursday, the Regina Police Service went out to the 600 block of Garnet Street to arrest the 34-year-old who committed a sexual assault on a 24-year-old female in Regina on May 9.

At 8:09 a.m., police spotted the suspect leaving his residence on foot, and after continuing to flee after being ordered to stop, police sent a dog in pursuit.

The dog contacted the suspect, biting his leg, but then broke away unexpectedly as the suspect continued to run. Moments later, an officer was able to take the suspect to the ground without incident.

Officers reported that the dog was injured, and Ralph, the Police Service Dog, was sent to a veterinary clinic to treat serious injuries.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Joel Kerry Maurer of Regina faces charges of sexual assault, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to public peace, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest, and injuring law enforcement animal.

Maurer will make his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court on May 20.

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