A Frankfort woman is facing a charge of teasing a police dog after she caused a K9 to bark and become agitated, police said.
About 4 a.m. Monday, Lisa M. Tarankus, 37, of the 19700 block of South Skye Drive, allegedly told Will County Sheriff’s deputies parked in Benton Plaza in Frankfort Township she was “cold and wanted to sit in the squad car and hang out,” Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.
When deputies said Tarankus could not sit in the car, she began to curse and bang on its windows. She then walked over to a K9 unit vehicle and said she wanted to pet the dog that was inside.
Tarankus allegedly struck that car with both hands and ignored commands from deputies to step away from the car, Hoffmeyer said. This caused the dog to bark and become agitated, Hoffmeyer said. Tarankus was arrested and charged with teasing a police service animal as a result.
According to state law, teasing, striking or tampering with a police animal is prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to “willfully or maliciously taunt, torment, tease” any animal used by an officer, Hoffmeyer said.
Tarankus was handcuffed, placed in the back of the squad car and taken to the Will County jail, where she was issued a $1,500 recognizance bond. She was released about 5:20 a.m.