A police dog was stabbed in the head by a callous thug in broad daylight
Audi is currently being treated for wounds but is said to be in a stable condition
Staffordshire Police say the dog was attacked in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 2.15pm after officers were called to a report of a man armed with a knife.
The dog received the wound as officers tried to detain the suspect.
A police officer was also injured during the incident, the force confirmed.
“Police dogs are our family, not property, and our thoughts are with the dog and his handler at this time,” chief inspector Donna Harvey, from Staffordshire Police, said.
The suspect is believed to have suffered a medical emergency and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
The force tweeted at around 4.30pm: “The police dog who was stabbed in Hanley earlier this afternoon, is now in a stable condition. PD Audi is a member of the Staffs Police family, we’ll be monitoring his progress closely & keeping you updated. Thank you for all your well wishes for Audi & his handler.”
An investigation has now commenced. Officers are appealing for witnesses to ring 101 quoting incident 469 of July 1.
It comes after The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill came into force to prevent those who attack or injured service animals from claiming defence.
The legislation is known as ‘Finn’s Law’ after Finn, a dog that was stabbed while pursuing a suspect. Due to the legislation at the time the attacker could only be charged with criminal damage.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “This law is about giving our service animals the protection they deserve as they dedicate their lives to keeping us safe.
“I am committed to making the UK the best place in the world for the care and protection of animals.
“Congratulations to all those who have campaigned to make Finn’s Law a reality and to Sir Oliver Heald for campaigning for this from the start.”