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UPDATE: Hero Police Dog Kane Brutally Slain In The Line Of Duty, Thug Stabs Decorated K-9

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The man accused of stabbing a Clark County sheriff's dog to death appeared in court Monday in Vancouver and was ordered held without bail.

The 31-year-old La Center man, H. Keegan Graves, is charged with assault and harming a police dog. If convicted he faces up to five years in prison.      

The sheriff's office says he stabbed the dog named Kane Saturday night while fleeing from a stolen vehicle.

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NYDAILYNEWS.COM - A heroic police dog in Vancouver, Washington was brutally killed in the line of duty this weekend during a struggle with a heartless car thief.

The black Dutch shepherd, Kane, was chasing hooligan Keegan Graves shortly after midnight on Saturday after he and a female pal tried to ram a police vehicle in a stolen car, police said.

Kane, who was trained to bite and hold fleeing crooks, had run down the 31-year-year old Graves when the punk struck with a knife, stabbing the deputy K-9 several times, cops said.

The dog was rushed to a local animal hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Cops eventually caught the creep and his 22-year-old accomplice, Natasa Cresap.

He was charged with harming a police dog, attempting to elude an officer and theft, police said.

Kane had worked for the sheriff's office since 2005 and was a decorated member of the force.

He and his partner were one of the few K-9 teams certified to fly harnessed below helicopters while tethered with a rope, according The Columbian newspaper.

The team had received an award from the Office of National Drug Control Police for their work busting up marijuana growing operations in 2008.

More than 300,000 pot plants were seized in the operations.

The hero pooch was scheduled to retire in 2012, The Columbian said.

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