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Man Arrested For Telling Police Dog to Sit

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By Alana Listoe For The Independent Record

(MYFOX NATIONAL) – Ordering a police dog to sit netted a Gainesville, Fla., man an additional criminal charge during a traffic stop on Tuesday, according to the Gainesville Sun .

The Sun reported that Mario Duane Porter, 20, was charged with striking a police animal. The charge includes interfering with a working police animal, which a police officer said Porter did by stating loud commands like “sit” and “sitz” while the dog sniffed around Porter’s car for drugs.

“The K9 stopped twice while walking the vehicle and looking in the direction of (Porter) who was giving those commands,” Gainesville Police Officer David Blizzard stated in his report.

The Sun reported that the dog did finish its job and found a small plastic bag with marijuana under a car seat.

It wasn’t Porter’s mouth that originally drew officers’ attention. It was his stereo, which officers said they could hear more than 25 feet away, according to the Sun. He was also charged with disorderly conduct, possessing drug paraphernalia and his refusal to sign a citation for violating the city’s noise and window tint ordinances.

Elsewhere in the country man’s best friend helped catch a potential prowler.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that a Santa Cruz, Calif., resident woke up when he heard his dog barking and saw a man standing on his front porch. The porch is at the end of a private driveway and up a staircase, police said.

The man was arrested and booked on suspicion of loitering on private property.

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