Stevenage police dog stabbing: Teenager charged
A teenager has been charged after a police officer and his dog were stabbed while chasing a suspect.
German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest and handler PC Dave Wardell received a hand injury in Denton Road, Stevenage, on Wednesday.
A 16-year-old boy from Lewisham, south-east London, is accused of the ABH assault of the officer and criminal damage relating to the dog.
He has also been charged with possession of a knife.
A fourth charge relates to possession of a BB gun.
Police dog Finn and PC Wardell were called to Rowland Road in the town at about 01:15 BST after a taxi company expressed concern about a passenger they had been asked to collect.
Officers said a man fled the scene when the pair arrived and, having given chase, the handler and his dog were stabbed in Denton Road.
The seriously injured dog underwent four-hour emergency surgery.
A force spokesman said on Thursday that the dog was "still very sore and still recovering" but had had a short walk.
The officer was treated in hospital and discharged.