Police dog dies after being stabbed by suspect

Edmonton police dog Quanto. SUPPLIED

Edmonton police dog Quanto. SUPPLIED

Pamela Roth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:25 PM ET

EDMONTON – Citizens are joining members of the Edmonton Police Service mourning K-9 dog Quanto, stabbed in the line of duty Monday morning.

It was around 5:15 a.m. when downtown cops spotted a vehicle with a stolen licence plate.

When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver took off, sparking a short chase that ended when the vehicle collided with a median in front of a gas station.

The driver took off on foot, but was soon confronted by Quanto and his handler, Const. Matt Williamson, in the parking lot of RCMP headquarters.

Deputy police Chief Danielle Campbell said the man was told repeatedly to stop, but he refused.

That's when Quanto latched on to the man before being "repeatedly" stabbed, Campbell said. Quanto was rushed to a clinic but died around 5:30 a.m.

"I can assure you that in the course of his duties this morning, PSD Quanto most definitely saved the lives of members who were responding to that call and no doubt prevented further harm to the public," Campbell said.

Quanto, a five-year-old German Shepherd, had been with the K-9 unit since August 2009.

In July, Quanto helped nab a man charged with six home invasions, assault and robbery following a two-hour foot chase that resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old.

Paul Joseph Vukmavich, 27, faces charges including criminal flight, dangerous driving, possession of stolen property and cruelty to an animal. At the time of his arrest, he also had several outstanding warrants.

pamela.roth@sunmedia.ca

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