Transit Police report one man's apparent idea of a joke left one of their canines with an injury - and the man under arrest.
Police say Antonio Brown, 25, of Cambridge, walked up to a K-9 patrol car at the Mass. Ave. Orange Line stop around 7:50 p.m. yesterday and "began to hiss, grunt and bark" at Viktor the police dog:
These actions caused "Viktor" to become excited and agitated and jump and spin about. "Viktor" suffered a small laceration next to his left eye which required treatment from his handler.
The officer immediately exited from his cruiser but Brown quickly fled laughing as he was running away. Brown entered a vehicle and drove away. The officer was able to catch up to Brown and initiate a stop of his motor vehicle.
Brown was charged with willfully tormenting a police dog. He's scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court, and faces potential penalties of up to 2 1/2 years in jail and a $500 fine.