The police dog Titan recovering from his stab wounds. Courtesy San Diego Police

A man who allegedly stabbed a San Diego police dog last week during an altercation with officers in the Midway District pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that include animal cruelty and resisting arrest.

Dedrick Daknell Jones, 35, is accused of stabbing SDPD K-9 Titan on Jan. 25 after an hours-long standoff with San Diego police. The dog was treated for stab wounds to his side that caused a laceration to his colon in three places, police said. Titan had six to eight inches of his colon surgically removed and received more than 100 stitches.

Police said officers were originally called for a report of a man trespassing at a business in the 3300 block of Barnett Avenue, southwest of Interstate 5.

Jones allegedly refused to give the officers his information and kept reaching for his bag, according to police.

When officers tried to put him in handcuffs, Jones allegedly punched the officers and ran into a nearby military property, where he stood on a shipping container waving a knife, police said.

About four hours later, emergency negotiators convinced him to come down from the container, but Jones “refused to put the knife down,” the department said in a tweet.

“The officer released his K9 partner, Titan, to assist and the suspect stabbed him,” police said.

Officers then ran in and took Jones into custody.

In the days after the incident, the San Diego Police Department reported that Titan “is doing well and in good spirits.”

In a tweet, the department said, “We are grateful Titan is on the road to recovery. He’s a brave boy!”

Jones was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and his next court date is a Feb. 18 readiness conference.

–City News Service

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