A woman was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly harassing a Madison police K-9, officials said.
Victoria R. Patterson, 22, of Sun Prairie, was arrested around 1:47 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of North Frances Street for repeatedly harassing MPD K-9 Slim, according to a release.
Slim was alone in the back of a parked squad car while his handler responded to a nearby call, officials said.
The officer said she could hear Slim barking and sounded agitated so she went back to the car to see what was happening. The officer saw Patterson putting her face close to Slim’s.
Patterson had cupped her hands on each side of her face and was barking into a squad car grill that separated her from the police dog, according to the release. Patterson told the officer she was talking with Slim and refused to identify herself.
Officials said a private security guard told the officer that the woman barked several times up to the squad window, even after he told her to stop.
Patterson was arrested on charges of harassment of police and fire animals.
The officer said she routinely parks downtown while responding to calls, and this was the first time in two years someone repeatedly taunted Slim.