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Vancouver man appears in police dog injury case breach

Jamie Joseph Dearmin pleaded guilty in 2022 to animal injury and obstructing a police officer charges.
Mando, a Vancouver police service dog.

A man involved in a chase where a Vancouver Police Department dog was injured returned to Vancouver provincial court May 2 for an application to vary bail conditions.

Jamie Joseph Dearmin, 34, faces charges of breach of a probation order stemming from guilty pleas in October 2021.

The breach charge relates to an alleged violation of a March 2022 probation condition by Judge James Bahen after Dearmin was alleged to have had a machete in his possession Aug. 11, 2022.

The condition to possess no weapons was one of several made as part of Dearmin’s probation conditions after he had pleaded guilty to animal injury and obstructing a police officer.

After the guilty pleas, two Aug. 26, 2021 charges of break and enter — one on Keefer Place and another on Abbott Street — were stayed by Crown prosecutor Rhianydd Bellis.

That same day, the Vancouver Police Department issued a news released saying officers had responded to a Downtown Eastside social housing complex housing women and children shortly before 5 a.m. that day after a man allegedly threatened several people and kicked at a resident’s door.

“The suspect fled when police arrived, but officers tracked him to a building near Keefer and Abbott streets,” the VPD said.

The suspect allegedly resisted arrest and bit police service dog Mando, which was assisting in the arrest, police said

“With help from the injured dog, officers were able to gain control of the man and place him in handcuffs,” police said. “The suspect was bitten by the police dog and treated at hospital."

Mando had minor injuries.

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