Fountain Valley K9 officer Perro took his show on the road March 12.
The FVPD German shepherd and his handler, Officer Bill Hughes, were on their way to a training class in Riverside when Hughes spotted a Riverside police officer in foot pursuit of a suspect. A second Riverside officer arrived, and they attempted to handcuff the suspect.
However, the suspect was being combative with the officers, the FVPD reported, so Hughes deployed Perro to lend a hand, err paw. Despite being punched by the suspect, Perro was able to help the officers control and handcuff him, police said.
(Editor’s note to bad guys: It’s not smart to punch a police dog.)
The good news: Perro was checked by a veterinarian and is OK. The suspect was booked
on several felony charges, police reported.