SAN DIEGO — San Diego police say one of their police dogs was stabbed with a 7-inch (18-centimeter) knife during an arrest.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the dog was attacked during a Monday morning arrest at an Encanto home shortly after officers had shot the suspect using bean bag rounds.

Police Lt. Charles Lara says a 22-year-old man was struck four times with bean bags.

The police dog was released after the rounds “had a negligible effect” on the suspect.

Police say the 4-year-old dog named Dexter suffered a broken rib and ruptured spleen.

Dexter has undergone surgery and is expected to recover.

The man could be charged with assaulting a police dog, displaying a weapon at an officer in a threatening manner and resisting arrest.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

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