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B.C. animal cruelty law to be tested after police dog attacked

An aggression scenario with 18-month-old Ram is demonstrated by Prince George RCMP on Wednesday, June 20, 2007.

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A new B.C. law against injuring a police dog will be tested after a Saanich police animal was kicked in the head by a suspect in a car break-and-enter case.

The animal cruelty law took effect June 2 after an investigation into the slaughter of about 100 sled dogs near Whistler last year.

In the Saanich case, the police dog was kicked repeatedly by a 16-year-old boy at a site along the waterfront north of Victoria on Tuesday night.

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The animal was then recalled by its handler and the suspect fled into the water but the police officer followed in a fire department boat and jumped in the water to make the arrest after a struggle.

The suspect faces several charges including assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and injuring a police dog.

B.C.'s new animal cruelty law, which is considered the toughest in Canada, includes fines of up to $75,000 and jail sentences as long as two years.

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