FONTANA, Calif. — A Fontana police dog was evaluated for a possible brain injury or other physical damage after he was thrown out of a second-story window, allegedly by a parolee.
Jaris, a 6½-year-old Belgian Malinois, was taken to a veterinary specialist Monday, The Sun reported. Authorities are waiting for test results to determine whether he suffered brain damage.
“This is a first,” Lt. Gary Aulis, head of the department’s K-9 program, told the newspaper. “Of the dogs injured in the line of duty, we’ve never had something even remotely like this happen.”
Jaris was searching with officers Sunday afternoon for a parolee at a home in the 95000 block of Mango Avenue, the Fontana Police Department said in a statement.
The parolee, identified by authorities as Bryan Bills, 28, refused commands to surrender to officers, who decided to send Jaris into a room where the suspect was holed up, according to police.
As Jaris lunged toward Bills, the parolee used the dog’s momentum to throw the animal out the window, police said.