01/12/2013 14:11 EST | Updated 03/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Police dog stabbed in Vancouver

A Vancouver police dog is recovering in an emergency animal clinic after being stabbed Friday night.

The injury occurred about 7:30 p.m. PT after police responded to a report of a robbery at the Esso gas station at Fraser Street and Marine Drive.

They said they'd been told a man had attempted to rob the gas station but ran away after being scared off by a staff member.

When police arrived, a police K-9 unit began tracking the suspect and found a man in the area of 52nd Avenue and Fraser Street.

As officers tried to arrest the man, he slashed the police dog across the throat with a knife, police said in a release.

Police said the eight-year-old dog, named Teak, sustained serious injuries.

Robbery, weapons and assault charges against a 20-year-old Vancouver man will be recommended to the Crown, police said.