A man punched a police dog in Hamden as police were investigating suspicious activity, according to police.
Police said they responded to CVS, at 2045 Dixwell Ave. at 5:30 a.m. to investigate suspicious activity and found
extensive damage to the front of the store.
When officers approached 23-year-old Khaleb Cyril, of Hamden, he “dove to the ground” and punched K-9 Sar, who was on a leash, three times in the head, police said.
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Cyril is accused of causing around $5,000 worth of damage, including to panels, a door tracking device and two sliding glass doors.
The damage is estimated at $5,000.
Cyril was charged with burglary in the first degree, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief in the first degree, cruelty to animals and interfering with a police officer.