NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — A teen is accused of injuring a Naugatuck police K9 after allegedly stealing a car with two other teens, according to police.
Naugatuck police were alerted around 10 p.m. Tuesday of a stolen car in the area of South Main Street and Maple Street. Police found the car a short distance away on Route 8 Southbound, adjacent to the Naugatuck River.
The car was found disabled, and police determined the two 17-year-olds and a 14-year-old fled into the Naugatuck River to avoid authorities.
An officer and his K9 named Tommy initiated a track, and all three teens were captured.
While apprehending the teens, one of the teens allegedly assaulted K9 Tommy, causing minor injuries to him. Police said K9 Tommy helped recover and seize two facsimile firearms in the area.
The teens were charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and interfering with an officer. One of the teens was also charged with illegal injury to a peace officer animal.
Two of them were released to their parents, and one was transferred to the Bridgeport Detention Center.
Three days after the incident, the Naugatuck Police Department posted on its Facebook page saying K9 Tommy is doing very well in his recovery and did not take any breaks from his duty.
“K9 ‘Tommy’ is a valuable resource to the Borough and the police department. We take all crimes against our four legged friends seriously,” the post read.
The post featured a video of K9 Tommy playing in the grass with his handler.