Audi the Police dog received a stab wound as officers attempted to sustain a suspect armed with a knife. Thankfully, the dog is now in a stable condition.
By, 2 Jul 2019
Police officers were called to Town Road in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, on 1st July at 2.15pm following a report of a man armed with a knife. As officers attempted to detain the suspect, Audi, a trained police dog, was viciously stabbed in his head. Reports state that a human police officer was also injured in the incident. The attacker is thought to have suffered a “medical emergency” and is receiving treatment in hospital.
Trained police dogs are also part of the family
Although canines used in police work are specifically trained to carry out various tasks, such as drug detection, protection and tracking scents of criminals, at the end of the working day they are family pets. Their police handler works and trains with each dog and forms an emotional bond and relationship with them. Chief Inspector Donna Harvey, of Staffordshire Police, reinforced this by saying “Police dogs are our family, not property, and our thoughts are with the dog and his handler at this time.”
Police dog stabbed in the head is stable and recovering
PD Audi has received medical treatment for his injuries and is on the mend. Staffs Police Force tweeted their thanks to members of the public for sending their good wishes to both Audi and his handler. A criminal investigation is ongoing, and Police are appealing for anyone with information about the attack to call 101 quoting their incident number – 1 July 469
#UPDATE 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. pic.twitter.com/ZJXmXYgWNw— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) July 1, 2019
Service animals to be given greater protection
A new Animal Welfare Bill came into being to prevent anyone who injures or attacks a service animal from claiming their defence. “Finn’s Law”, as this new legislation is known, is campaigning to change the law so that anyone injuring or harming a service animal can actually be charged with this terrible offence. These service animals do amazing work, to not only help the public, but also to protect and save people and they should be recognised for the vital role they fulfil.
Let’s hope that the cruel attacker who stabbed PD Audi is very soon brought to justice.