Police K9 Bites the Hand that Stabs 

A Boise police dog overcame a booboo last Wednesay and managed to bring down a knife-wielding ruffian. The incident began at 8 p.m., when officers were called to South 14th Street on reports that someone had flashed a blade at a man in his yard. Officer Randy Arthur and his pooch partner "Rico" soon found the responsible party, 57-year-old Charles Scott, in an alley behind the Community House shelter. After Scott refused to put down the knife, Rico, a 7-year-old Malanois (that's 49 human years; a fairly even match) took matters into his own mouth and charged Scott, who responded by slashing the dog on the right cheek. Rico still managed to grab Scott's hand, however, and held him at bay just long enough for another officer to deploy his taser. Rico returned to work the following night, and Scott was charged with a variety of crimes, including felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor striking a police dog and resisting and obstructing officers.

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