AN IRISHMAN living in the Costa del Sol area has been arrested for allegedly ordering his dog to attack two policemen in dispute over the country’s coronavirus curfew.
One officer needed medical treatment and was taken to A&E after being bitten by the powerful canine – an American Staffordshire Terrier.
His colleagues eventually managed to overpower its owner and place him in custody.
The dog’s owner, an unnamed 23-year-old, was taken aside by undercover police when he was spotted in the street close to his residence in San Pedro, near to Marbella, hours after a local 10pm curfew had begun.
He was not wearing a facemask, which is now obligatory in all public spaces in many regions throughout the country.
The officers escorted him to his home to fetch his ID for his details for a fine.
The man returned without his documentation and started filming and berating the officers in English, before shoving one officer and attempting to flee inside his home.
It is understood that following a second assault on the officers, he proceeded to set his dog on them.
The man’s mother is thought to have appeared at this stage, when a police report states that an officer was knocked to the ground after being punched in the face by the Irish youth. His colleague was also kicked prior to the dog attack.
The officer who was bitten on his hand and knee remains on sick leave after being treated in hospital.
It is not yet clear whether the Irishman – who was arrested on Saturday at 4am on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer, disobedience and resisting arrest – has appeared in court.