(Fargo, ND) -- Cass County Sheriff K9 Officer Ryker was injured by a crime suspect while responding to an assault in progress Sunday afternoon at a home in Wilkinson Township, rural Cass Lake, Minnesota.
The sheriff's office says a deputy and Ryker were called to the home following reports of a man assaulting people with an axe.
After locating the suspect, the deputy deployed Ryker to help subdue the suspect.
The suspect used a metal pipe to strike the dog in the head twice, causing significant injury.
The suspect was taken into custody.
Ryker is now receiving treatment at a Twin Cities emergency veterinary hospital.
There is no word on the extent of the dog's injuries.
The 6-year-old German Shepard has served the sheriff's office for 4 years.
The sheriff's office is asking citizens to keep Ryker in their thoughts and prayers.
Two men were injured by the suspect but not require medical aid.