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Police dog attacked on the job

Wanted man has surgery for bite wounds

Police dog attacked on the job

A man will face a string of charges after allegedly attacking a police dog in the Tweed Shire yesterday.

The 27-year-old, wanted on an outstanding warrant, was pulled over while driving a car with no registration plates on Kyogle Rd south of Murwillumbah on Tuesday morning.

He apparently jumped out the passenger door, dove into the Tweed River and swam to the other side, before disappearing into bushland.

The Queensland police helicopter and a New South Wales police dog were called in to find him and the dog, Granite, managed to sniff him out.

Chief inspector Luke Arthurs said that's when things got hairy.

"He was asked to come and refused to do so the police dog and handler were deployed to get him.

"It's alleged the man started violently attacking the police dog, throwing a number of punches and the dog engaged with that person."

The man eventually had to be pepper-sprayed before being arrested.

He was treated for bite wounds by paramedics at the scene and was taken to hospital for surgery on Wednesday.

"It's expected that he'll be charged with the outstanding warrant, with assaulting the police dog, resisting a number of police officers and aggravated cruelty to animals," said chief inspector Arthurs.

Luckily, Granite wasn't badly injured in the struggle.