S.C. man gets 5 years for stabbing K-9

Suspect was found guilty on charges of cruelty to a police dog and resisting arrest, receiving maximum sentence


Mike Gellatly
Aiken Standard

AIKEN, S.C. — The man who stabbed an Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team police K-9 while fleeing from law enforcement received a maximum sentence this week.

Patrick Spires, 31, of Aiken was found guilty by an Aiken County jury on charges of cruelty to a police dog and resisting arrest, resulting from incidents in November 2011. Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Cooper sentenced Spires to five years in prison on the stabbing charge and one year for resisting arrest, with sentences to run concurrently.

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