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Florida man arrested after nearly drowning police dog

By Mason White 5:00 AM August 4, 2013
Landon Barnes 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with injuring a police dog related charges after he kept a police dog underwater until it passed out, according to police reports in Florida.

Orlando Police said that after climbing an eight-foot tall barbed wire fence, and running through thick brush and black mud to chase down a robbery suspect, Seabee, an Orlando police dog, had a brush with death.

Seabee, a two-year-old German shepherd, chased down Landon Barnes in a marshy area near Audubon Park after the suspect allegedly burglarized a home on Chelsea Street on Thursday, according to an Orlando Police spokesperson.

When the 18-year-old suspect ran into the water it was so dark that the police could not see below the surface, so they unleashed Seabee to track him down.

That’s when police said Barnes attacked the dog, dipping Seabee’s head into the water at least three times, forcing thick and dirty water into the lungs of the dog.

“Barnes held the head of the dog below the water in order to drown and kill the K-9 dog,” Jim Young, a police sergeant, said.
Although Seabee escaped, he began to convulse, so he was taken to a vet in order to receive treatment, according to a police report.

Seabee has been with the Orlando Police Department for about 18 months. The dog spent the night recovering at an animal hospital. He was released on Friday with a high fever, and will be monitored to ensure that it was not exposed to contamination.

Seabee and his handler, Officer Tim Stanley, who also climbed the high fence in order to stop Barnes, will be out of service for three days.

In an interview with police after his arrest, Barnes said he was drinking water from a hose belonging to an area resident, but never entered the actual house.

Homeowner Barbara Sills had a different story.
Sills, who had been a victim of burglary in the past and came home to check her mail at 1:30 pm on Thursday, heard the back door slam and saw Barnes flee.

She pursued Barnes until he jumped a fence, Sills said.
Barnes was bitten at least once be the dog.

After a brief stay at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Barnes was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of robbery, resisting arrest with violence and injuring a police dog. He is being held on $5,300 bail.