Police: Violent felon hit police dog with baseball bat, fists

TACOMA -- A 34-year-old Tacoma man with a prior history of assault faces new criminal charges for allegedly hitting a police dog over the head with a baseball bat.

Patrick Dwayne Abregana is charged with attempted assault, harming a police dog and resisting arrest, Tacoma police said.

According to court documents, a hotel manager at the Whiteroof Inn in the 8700 block of South Hosmer Street called Tacoma police Tuesday to report Abregana was causing problems at the hotel, and wanted him kicked out.

Because Abregana had a felony warrant for his arrest, and a violent criminal history including assaulting an officer with a gun, multiple officers were called to the hotel. Officers knocked on Abregana's door and told him to come out. He refused, so cops busted down the door to find Abregana armed with a metal baseball bat, police said.

Abregana allegedly refused to drop the bat and officer ordered the police K9, Oscar, to disable him. As Oscar lunged, Abregana allegedly swung the bat and hit the dog on the top of the head. The officers Tased the suspect, who allegedly didn't back down, and punched Oscar in the head multiple times.

Police were eventually able to disable Abregana after an "extended struggle," documents show. He was arrested.

Oscar suffered a lump on his head where he was hit with the bat. He is being watched closely by Tacoma police.

Abregana is being held in Pierce County Jail.