Hero police dog returns to duty after being stabbed by teen with machete

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A heroic police dog has returned to duty after being violently stabbed by a teenage thug during a violent arrest.

Stark, a three-year-old black furred German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois cross was beaten with a machete up to 20 times, and was struck in the head five times by a 16-year-old.

The pooch is said to have been lucky not to lose an eye following the vicious ordeal which took place in Handsworth, near Birmingham, last year.

Police – along with police dog Stark – were called to an allotment at 4.15am on November 14 amid reports someone had broken into sheds.

Handler PC Paul Hopley feared Stark was being stabbed to death before his eyes when the teen – who cannot be named for legal reasons – lashed out at the dog with a wooden handled machete.

The MailOnline reports that the teen has previously admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a police dog and possession of a machete.

The suspect appeared before a judge at Birmingham Youth Court on Friday during a “trial of issue”.

PC Hopley explained the scene he witnessed in November last year.

He had responded to a report of multiple people equipped with torches breaking into sheds at an allotment in the Handsworth area.

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Stark led the search as he displayed a “distinct change in behaviour” while off his lead for 20 minutes during the search.

PC Hopley then heard shouting and realised his police dog had found someone within the darkness.

Heading to the area of the allotment where the shouting could be hear, the Police Constable told the court he warned: “Stand still, stay where you are, police officer.”

It is reported he then claims he witnessed the suspect striking Stark “at least 20 times” with a machete.

PC Hopley told the court: “I shouted at him to stop hitting the dog.

“I couldn’t get any closer I genuinely thought he was going to kill my dog. So I drew my incapacitant spray and sprayed him. There was no other option available to me.”

“He stopped hitting the dog but held it [the machete] in his right hand. He wasn't at that point waving it about.

“The incapacitant spray clearly worked so I rugby tackled him, and at the same time Stark detained him.”

Despite being stabbed, it is reported Stark succeeded in dragging the suspect “four to five” meters away from where the knife was dropped.

It is reported body cam footage from the incident shows PC Hopley say: “You tried to kill my dog what do you expect?”

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Stark sustained five cuts to his head and “was fortunate not to lose his eye,” the MailOnline reports.

While the pooch returned to duty in December after undergoing surgery.

The teenager is expected to be sentenced on Friday.

  • Dogs
  • Police
  • Knife Crime
  • Crime

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