New Mexico man accused of biting police dog after ax attack

New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he bit a police dog following an alleged ax attack.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Chris Gavaldon was arrested last week after Rio Rancho police were called to a mobile home over reports of a fight between a man and a woman.

Rio Rancho Police Capt. Andrew Rodriguez says Gavaldon used an ax to batter the woman, causing “significant injury” to her hand.

Rodriguez says police sent in their canine Diesel after Gavaldon barricaded himself inside his home. That’s when police say Gavaldon bit the dog.

Rodriguez says the bite didn’t break Diesel’s skin but the canine was placed on antibiotics.

Gavaldon is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

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