Man who stabbed Roseville police dog headed to prison

  • Updated: October 6, 2011 - 9:41 PM

A Maplewood man who stabbed a Roseville police dog -- leaving its hind legs paralyzed -- will serve prison time in connection with the crime, after all.

Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan sentenced Roel J. Perez, 22, on Thursday to one year and one day in prison after Perez violated probation, court records show.

Perez stabbed the dog, Major, in the neck and head after the German shepherd and his partner, officer John Jorgensen, responded to a break-in at Truck Utilities in Maplewood last November. Perez later pleaded guilty to attempted theft and causing great bodily harm to a public safety dog.

In February, he was given a stayed sentence of one year and one day in prison, and instead served time in the county jail.

He violated probation by failing to remain law-abiding, failing to abstain from drugs or alcohol and failing to submit to urinalysis testing. He pleaded guilty this month to assault in Pine County and reportedly was drinking at Grand Casino Hinckley, court documents show.

Major, who uses a harness with wheels to get around, was at the state Capitol in March when Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that increases the penalties for people who injure or kill police dogs.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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