Yarmouth Police Dog Needs Surgery After Tackling Suspect

YARMOUTH (CBS) — A Yarmouth police dog who was injured while putting a domestic violence suspect in custody now needs thousands of dollars worth of surgery, and the department is raising money to cover the bill.

Clark, a 7-year-old German shepherd, was hurt when police arrested Joseph Hattabaugh on March 16.

Police say Hattabaugh severely beat a woman and was holding her against her will in South Yarmouth. The woman was able to get out, but Hattabaugh would not come out of the home when police arrived.

After several hours of negotiation and being able to get into the home, Officer Marc Thibeault and Clark went into the room and took Hattabaugh into custody.

But during the struggle, Clark’s lower back was injured and now requires surgery, which is expected to cost $6,000.

Clark is expected to be able to return to full police duty in four months.

The department is proud of Clark’s work, saying he’s had more than 100 successful tracks including finding a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run motorcycle crash and finding an attempted murder suspect.

Anyone wanting to donate to the department to help pay for Clark’s surgery can do so through Yarmouth Police’s Facebook page or sending a check to:

Friends of Yarmouth Police K9 Unit
One Brad Erickson Way
West Yarmouth, MA 02673

  • capt bill's girl

    hope they include in this skel’s charges interfering with arrest, failure to comply with a lawful order, and injury to the dog. my dad was nypd for 34 yrs, and although he himself was not with the k-9 unit, he spoke on several occasions of the dogs rendering assistance. good luck clark! a niece is in veterinary school in minnesota, where they performed surgery and helped with the rehabilitation of a local pd’s dog. my check is in the mail. go yarmouth pd for doing the right thing for him

  • Sean

    That dog is a sworn police officer who sacrificed his body so that a “human” didn’t have to. Yarmouth PD you should be ashamed of yourselves asking for a handout. If its not in the budget to make him well, maybe you shouldn’t send him into harm’s way in the first place. You can be sure that a “human” officer would not need donations to get the proper treatment. DISGRACEFUL!

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