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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a real life story of man bites dog, and it has a valued member of the Wilmington Police Department at home with his paws up recovering.

Two-year-old Maxx is more than just a dog. He’s an officer with the Wilmington Police Department worth about $15,000. And this weekend he was injured in the line of duty.

“When he was biting the dog, it was something we haven’t seen,” Cpl. David Pellegrino said of the attack Sunday of his K-9 partner Maxx. “Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before.”

Maxx’s accused attacker is Travis Glaspie. Police wanted the 22-year-old on outstanding warrants for possession of a firearm by a felon and firing into an occupied vehicle. Officers tracked him down Sunday afternoon after multiple run-ins just this month. Glaspie ran, and officers let Maxx take over.

During their struggle, Glaspie bit Maxx’s ear so badly, the dog had to be rushed to the vet. Cpl. Pellegrino saw Maxx’s ear severed in two. The injury required more than 15 stitches.

“We are going to have to put him back into some scenario training once we get back to work just to make sure we are not going to have any future problems from the situation that did occur, from the assault,” Cpl. Pellegrino said.

Maxx has been on the streets since February, and has only been used to catch a suspect three times.

Pellegrino says dogs are used to protect officers. They are not trained to kill. Instead their job is to catch criminals who try to run, just as Maxx did Sunday.

Glaspie is still in jail under more than $1 million bond. He was treated and released at the hospital for bite wounds to his thigh. Cpl. Pellegrino said doctors told him Glaspie is fine, and the bite wounds he left on Maxx are much worse than anything Maxx did to him.

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  • Guest7969

    “Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before.” SOoooo..when your K9 bites a bad guy…the WPD is allowing the dog to cannibalize a human when the dog bites?

    LOL..cannibalize is when you eat your OWN species…I’m all for bad guys getting what they deserve…but to be honest…if someone fights back from being BITTEN…well…I’d fight back to!

  • Christy

    You are clearly a thug if you think it is OK to bite a POLICE dog that is trying to restrain a criminal.

  • Guest 10111

    How apropos lol!

  • Me

    You’re quite ignorant if you really believe what you wrote! Maxx is a police officer, as much as any of our human police officers, fighting crime to keep us safe. That includes YOU!! I suppose you also believe it OK for a criminal to fight back against a human officer. Pathetic!!!

  • Donna

    You’re pretty ignorant if you believe what you wrote. Maxx is just as much a police officer as any human officer. I suppose you believe it is ok for a criminal to fight back against a human officer too! K-9 officers are sent into situations to find an unknown person with unknown consequences. If you were being attacked and Maxx fought the criminal off of you, would you still feel the same way? I doubt it. Think before you speak next time!!

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  • Guest2020

    They need to throw the book at this fella. He has a history with NCDOC and 22 pending charges, not including the 12 traffic offenses.

  • Guest-of-the-day

    will they leave a scar? Since when do you have to endure lifelong scars merely because the police want you for questioning?

  • Guestquestioning

    Ha! Let’s see who is the ignorant one? Guest 7969 pointed out a very large error in the story referring to the dog as being “cannabalized” by the criminal. It is impossible for a dog to be cannabalized by a human being! No matter how you describe little “Fifi” as your “child” or your “granddog”, Fifi is still a DOG, not a human. The question is not whether the dog is an officer, the question is the use of the word “cannabalize”.

  • Jeffrey Missonellie

    Guest 7969 needs to be melted down and refu**ed! I hope the K9 ripped the purp real good.


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