A Salt Lake police dog gave new meaning Saturday to the phrase, "Take a bite out of crime."

About 6:40 p.m. Saturday, an off-duty Utah Highway Patrol trooper driving in an unmarked car noticed a man climbing through three broken windows of an LDS chapel at 951 E. 100 South. Police officers and canine units were called and surrounded the church.After a warning, the officers sent in Ingo, a 3-year-old German shepherd. The suspect apparently had a knife and tried to stab at the dog, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Scott Atkinson. But the dog was able to bite the man and control him while officers took him into custody.

The 27-year-old man was "very combative," Atkinson said. He continued to assault police officers at LDS Hospital, where he was treated for wounds he received from the dog.

Officers said in a written report they might have had to use their weapons to subdue the man if the dog had not been there.