BREAKING NEWS – Tacoma, Washington – As deputies in Washington State pursued a group of teens suspected of stealing a car last month, one deputy used an unusual tactic that tricked the suspects into surrendering: barking like a police dog.

In a wooded area, one deputy spotted the group in a creek bed, according to bodycam footage of the incident.

“Stop, police! Don’t make us release our K-9!” the deputy can be heard yelling.

One deputy can then be heard barking like a dog, according to the video.

After the deputy imitated a dog bark multiple times, the four juveniles came out of the creek bed and surrendered. PETA later released a statement, referring to the police tactic as “insensitive and bigoted, because the policeman doing the barking was mocking Canine Americans.”