Dog testifies against burglar

August 20, 1991|By Cox News Service

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A German shepherd took the witness stand and woofed for a wide-eyed jury, the final testimony in the odd trial of a Delray Beach man.

Eluo, a Boca Raton police dog, became a witness yesterday in the case against Rodney Thomas, who was charged with trying to strangle the dog during a burglary arrest.

Circuit Court Judge Peter Blanc gave special permission for prosecutors to bring the dog onto the witness stand, accompanied by his handler, Officer Richard Barnett.

Police say Thomas was hiding in the crawl space under a Delray Beach house on May 2 when they tried to arrest him.

He refused to come out, so Eluo went in after him. That's when Thomas reached down and began choking the dog, Barnett said.

Thomas was charged with attempting to injure a police dog.

Prosecutor Maura McGuigan said Thomas was amply warned that he must surrender to police or the dog would come after him. She requested that Eluo bark for the jury to show the six-member panel how loud the warning had been.

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