I love finding the strange stories in the dog world and while I think we can all agree that this one goes a bit more into the “bad idea” category, I think that thinking it’s a good idea to do anything other than respecting a police dogs personal space, is just plain odd. Police dogs, while fun-loving dogs at heart are all business when they are on duty and are not to be messed with, taunted, teased or played with.
Which leads us to the story at hand:
Oakland Raiders linebacker, Ray-Ray Armstrong, is under investigation by the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly taunting a police dog when he took the field for the Steelers-Raiders game at Heinz Field in Pennsylvania.
The dog was working with a sheriff’s deputy in the tunnel leading from the locker room to the field, when Armstrong allegedly lifted his shirt, pounded on his chest and began barking at the dog. Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus told ESPN that the player also told the deputy holding the K-9 to “send the dog.” The actions got the dog worked up and made it difficult for the deputy to control him.
In Pennsylvania, taunting a police dog is considered a a third-degree felony offense.
“The dog was going crazy,” Kraus tells ESPN. “The deputy was trying to control the dog the best she could.”
Video from the stadium has been reviewed, and the Raiders have been notified of the investigation. Kraus met with a representative of the District Attorney’s Office today, regarding the possibility of charges being filed.