VANCOUVER - A Clark County Sheriff's Office canine was fatally stabbed shortly after midnight Saturday.
Kane, who has worked as a police dog for six years, was transported to and then pronounced dead at St. Francis Animal Hospital.
Deputies spotted two suspects driving inside a vehicle with stolen license plates in a cul-de-sac near Heritage High School. They followed the vehicle south to the intersection Northeast 76th Street and Northeast 117th Avenue.
At one point, the suspects tried to ram a patrol car before getting out of the stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot. As the suspects ran, Kane tried to detain one of them and was stabbed, according to police.
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Deputies said the suspects involved in the incident were taken into custody after the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team was called to assist deputies, Vancouver police and Washington State Patrol. There were no other injuries reported.
Keegan H. Graves, 31, of La Center was arrested on suspicion of harming a police dog, auto theft and attempting to elude a police officer. Natasa M. Cresap, 22, of Yacolt was arrested on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.
Harming a police dog is a Class C felony, according to state statutes and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
An investigation by the regional crimes unit is ongoing.
Deputy Rick Osborne was Kane’s handler.
A Dutch shepherd, Kane has been with the sheriff’s office since March 2005. Kane and Osborne were, as of 2008, one of just three K-9 teams in Washington certified in “STABO,” or short-term airborne operations. That means the dog and handler were both able to fly harnessed below helicopters on a heavy rope. Kane was scheduled to retire in 2012.