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La Crosse man facing charges after allegedly hitting police dog, deputy

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A La Crosse man faces 10 criminal charges, after he allegedly punched a police dog and slapped a sheriff’s deputy.

Officers were called to a house in Holmen last week, where 38-year-old Chad Kowalke reportedly punched a woman and pushed another man.

A deputy reportedly said he found Kowalke hiding in bushes, and said the police dog would attack him if he didn’t surrender. Prosecutors said Kowalke punched the dog, and the dog then bit him in the face. The suspect then allegedly hit the sheriff’s officer in the face.

He was then taken to a hospital, where officials said he resisted efforts to treat him, and spit in an officer’s eye.

Four of the 10 charges against Kowalke are for bail jumping. The others are battery to police, harassing police animals, throwing bodily fluids at a safety worker, resisting an officer, battery, and disorderly conduct.

Kowalke is due back in court next Wednesday, where a judge will determine if he should stand trial on the felony charges. 

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