ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A Maplewood man has pleaded guilty to the stabbing of a Roseville Police K-9 during an attempted theft, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Roel Joseph Perez, Jr., 21, who will be sentenced Feb. 16, pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted theft and one gross misdemeanor count of harming a public safety dog.

If given the maximum sentence for both counts, Perez will face 5 1/2 years in prison.

Major, the Roseville Police public safety dog, was stabbed by Perez when police responded to a report of an attempted theft in progress at a business on the 2300 block of English Street in Maplewood.

Major is recovering from the assault, but will not regain the use of his hind legs.

Comments (26)
  1. Dee says:

    Gross misdemeanor??? That’s it? Should be attempted murder. This Dog is a hero and now has to suffer for trying to serve and protect and this is a great tragedy for his family too, i’m sure. Wonder what kind of sentence he’ll get?

  2. m says:

    Are you kidding me?! This jerk got a slap on the wrist and with “good” behavior he will serve less than 3 years!

  3. P.J. says:

    This guy should be charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Major, even if he is an animal is a police officer for 9 years! This poor animal can no longer use his hind legs and right now having physical therapy to control his kidneys etc.. He will need to have a cart fitted to be able to move for the rest of his life. His low life’s punishment is not severe enough!!

    1. CD says:

      Totally agree. K9s do what has to been done without hesitation. And now his quality of life is less because of this. This guy deserves more of a sentence. Animals love us and we are responsibile for them and this is all he gets????

  4. EF says:

    Any harm caused to a Police dog needs to be a Felony. Major undoubtedly saved lives that day and Perez needs to be locked up for a very long time. He won’t even see prison time, what a joke.

  5. Bob says:

    Maybe he should have his knees taken out. That way he could remember what he did to a police dog. 3 years he will be out again but I will bet not for long and he will be right back in. He should have gotten at least 15.

  6. WW says:

    This criminal was prepared to use his knife. He used it on the first responder. It happened to have 4 legs instead of 2. Whether a human or K-9 doing their duty, I see no reason to make a distinction. Major and all the dogs serving in law enforcement deserve the same commitment from society that they unquestionably give us. I see it as a law enforcer having been paralyzed while on duty. Sentence the menace-to-society hard!

  7. Lee says:

    Aren’t police horses treated like a human officer? Why isn’t a police dog, too? This guy didn’t get what he deserved at all!

  8. Jimmy says:

    Use him in the K-9 training center with NO arm protection and let the dogs go!

  9. Zurial says:

    Guys with child porn get 20+ years in the Feds. And he gets a misdemeanor? That means he can still buy guns and hunt. Wow he had a great lawyer.

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  11. Billy says:

    There is NO way the judge will give him a max sentence of 5 1/2 years, it just never happens that way.

    He will probably get a year and one day in the workhouse and be out in eight months for good behavier.

  12. ron says:

    he looks like a real winner, it would be shame if he lost the use of his legs….

  13. Nancy Aleshire says:

    The laws must be changed at once. You kill or injure a pet or a working animal, it should be an automatic felony.

  14. Ben Dover says:

    Folks its a dog< don't lose sight of that.


    1. Pam says:

      Wow back to you; just a dog? He is a police dog and no matter what, any abuse; animal or human, should warrant a severe punishment/restitution. “Just a dog” is cruel to say.

  15. red says:

    Ben Dover- Major may be a dog but a canine on the police force is still consider a police officer so this loser injured a police officer. He sadly probably only served a few years a get out and Major is paralyzed. It is sick. I with everyone else, he this dude should have got a lot more then a gross misdismeanor. This is sickening.

  16. Cher says:

    The punk got a slap on the wrist. The dog got a life sentence. Yes the dog is alive, but his life has forever been changed because of a criminal.

  17. Mike Hunt says:

    I agree with Ben Dover, it’s a dog. I’m pretty sure the cop put the dog in harms way so he wasn’t. Just the same I think the sentance is pretty light.

  18. TJ says:

    Subdivision 1.Great bodily harm.Whoever assaults another and inflicts great bodily harm may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $30,000, or both.

    Subd. 2.Use of deadly force against peace officer or correctional employee.(a) Whoever assaults a peace officer or correctional employee by using or attempting to use deadly force against the officer or employee while the officer or employee is engaged in the performance of a duty imposed by law, policy, or rule may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $30,000, or both.

    1. jg says:

      Thank you; the laws are clear; apparently not to the judge.

  19. mm says:

    Seriously! This is tragic. I bet I would get more time if the police caught me with a joint of weed!

    1. ray says:

      They might throw away the key if the Judge is having a bad day!

  20. alex says:

    952 297 4479

  21. Annie says:

    I looked online regarding other police dogs stabbed around the country; NONE (the criminals) had this little time to serve; most were from 6 months to 10 years! Our judges hold far too much power. I am a student in American Government, and the Criminal Justice System, and have found it very alarming as to the amazing power judges have, and their Godlike sentencing. We as citizens ,really need to have more power in electing, more knowledge (especially before voting) about our judges. If we need to amend the Constitution to do it; so be it. Too many inept judges; not accountable to anyone, prime example…….where is this public official’s name?

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