Numerous charges have been filed against 22-year-old Angel Mendez who allegedly punched a police dog that helped apprehend him in northern New Jersey. As an officer sought to question the suspect due to several recent burglaries in the area, he fled the scene.

A K-9 unit with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office was sent to find Mendez, who was found a short time later, hiding under a porch. As he was being arrested, the suspect allegedly punched the dog. The police dog responded by biting Mendez in the thigh.

Mendez, who has no known address, faces four counts of burglary, aggravated assault of a police dog, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

Mendez apparently has little respect for animals as it was reported by NorthJersey.com that during a recent burglary, he allegedly ripped off the heads of two pet birds belonging to the robbery victim.

Police dog photo is representative, not the actual dog involved in the story.