A police dog has allegedly been attacked multiple times with a machete while responding to reports of a break-in.
The pooch, called Police Dog (PD) Stark, works for West Midlands Police and was responding to reports of a break-in at allotments in Larch Avenue in Handsworth, Birmingham, at 4am on Saturday, November 14.
West Midlands Police say PD stark was struck on the head with the machete, but still managed to detain a 16-year-old teenager by biting him on the leg.
The boy was taken to hospital so his injuries could be checked over and will be taken into police custody later. PD stark is also thankfully going to be okay.
Two other people are believed to have fled the scene and police are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact them.
In a tweet, West Midlands Police Dog Section wrote: "PD Stark detaining an aggressive male, who attacked him multiple times with a machete.
"A HUGE thanks to PDSA for their emergency surgery for PD Stark after suffering multiple wounds from the machete."
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "One of our police dogs was attacked with a knife on Larch Avenue in Handsworth, Birmingham at around 4am this morning (Saturday November 14) after he was deployed with PC Paul Hopley to a report of a break-in at allotments on the road.
"Police dog Stark was struck with a knife on his head, but still managed to bite the offender on his leg before he was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and assaulting a police dog.
"The 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital so his injuries could be checked over and will be taken into police custody later.
"Luckily, our brave PD Stark is going to be ok."
It’s believed two other people managed to get away and anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police quoting log 544 of November 14 via live chat on the force's website between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime.
Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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