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‘Ruff' Night for Officers: Dog Breaks Into SDPD Station in Rancho Peñasquitos

"Don’t you bark at me; you caused a big ruckus tonight"

An unusual suspect was placed into the back of a San Diego Police Department patrol vehicle after breaking into a Rancho Peñasquitos  police station Tuesday.

A pitbull terrier named Tony Stark made its way into SDPD’s Northeastern Substation on Salomon River Drive just north of state Route 56 overnight, according to witness Tait Anderson.

Anderson said he found Mr. Stark wandering the streets of Rancho Peñasquitos overnight and took the pup to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department located next door to the police station.

Before he could drive away though, the rambunctious hound escaped.

The runaway sprinted through an open gate to the police station and made its way inside the station, at one point darting into the police locker room, Anderson said.

Eventually, officers were able to wrangle the four-legged fiend, place the dog into the back of a patrol car and transport it to the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS).

"Don’t you bark at me; you caused a big ruckus tonight," a police officer can be heard telling the dog who refused his right to remain silent as he sat in the back of the car.

The staff described Tony Stark as very friendly and he would remain in their care at their Escondido office until his owner picks him up.

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