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Police dog catches burglary suspects

Two suspected burglars were arrested early today after they were tracked from the scene by both the business owner and a Spokane police dog. 

Travis P. Milhous, 26, (top) and Clifford N. Mayo, 31, (bottom) are accused of breaking into a RVs Northwest at 18919 E. Broadway Ave.

The business owner learned of a tripped alarm about 3 a.m. and saw two men climb a fence and run from the scene when he drove up, police said.

Police spotted two sets of “clearly defined” shoe prints in fresh snow and matched Milhous' shoe to them after Officer Paul Gorman's K-9, Maximus, (pictured) found him at East Laberry Drive and East Bloom Circle.

Mayo was located at 19500 E. Sprague Ave., and police matched his shoe to another print.

The owner of RVs Northwest also identified the men as the burglars, police said.

Both men have previous felony convictions and are due in Superior Court this afternoon on second-degree burglary charges. Mayo was treated at a hospital for dog bites before being booked into jail.

Man accused of assaulting police dog

A Spokane man sought on a car theft warrant faces an additional felony charge for allegedly attacking a police dog. 

Cephas W. Parham, 34, choked Spokane police Officer Paul Gorman’s K-9 Maximus during a pursuit in the Shadle Park area.(Gorman and Max are pictured.)

Parham appeared in Superior Court on Monday on a felony charge of harming a police dog, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

Police were trying to arrest Parham on a warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle when he ran from a home at 4207 N. Cannon on Oct. 25.

Maximus caught up with Parham three times, but Parham (pictured) assaulted the dog each time, police said. Gorman used a neck restraint maneuver to stop Parham from choking Maximus, who was thrown into a brick wall by his collar and also sustained injuries to the inside of his mouth, according to court documents.

“These injuries would be difficult to articulate based on obvious inabilities on the canine’s part to communicate injury and pain,” police wrote.

Parham was treated for dog bites at hospital before being booked into jail.

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