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Burglar burns K-9's nose with cigarette during arrest

Dunedin, Florida -- A 19-year-old man who broke into a Dunedin home was arrested Friday morning, but not without putting up a fight against a deputy and his K-9.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of a man breaking into a home in the 1200 block of Belcher Road around 10:30 a.m. After failed attempts to get the suspect, later identified as Ryan Packer, to come out on his own, deputies were let inside by the homeowner.

Packer in the bathroom when deputies got inside and refused to come out. As deputies approached the bathroom, Packer reportedly hit one of the deputies who then released his K-9 on him. The K-9, Axel, got a hold of Packer's arm who then used a lit cigarette to burn Axel twice in the nose to try to get himself free.

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Deputies eventually took Packer into custody and he was charged with battery against a police dog, battery on a law enforcement officer, trespassing and resisting an officer with violence.

The sheriff's office says Axel is doing fine.

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