Pa. K-9 taunter released after 9 days in jail
By Linda Wilson Fuoco
PITTSBURGH - Kenneth King, 23, of South Side, was expected to be released today from jail, where he has spent nine days on charges that he taunted and threatened a Pittsburgh police officer's K-9 dog.
"He will attend anger management classes and when he returns to his hearing in January" the charges are expected to be withdrawn, Mr. Ecker said.
Mr. King was arrested Oct. 7 at the Sunoco gas station on Cedar Avenue, North Side, when a dog named Benny, who was in the back seat of a police vehicle, barked loudly at him.
Mr. King screamed at the dog, saying "shut the (expletive) up or I will shank you," according to the report filed by the dog's handler and partner, Officer Ron Absten. The report says Mr. King pulled a silver knife out of his pocket.
Under Pennsylvania law it is a felony to "willfully or maliciously taunt, torment, tease, beat, kick or strike a police animal."
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