Stoke & Staffordshire

Police dog stabbed in the head in Hanley

Audi with his handler Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Police dog Audi is in a stable condition after being stabbed

A police dog was stabbed in the head when a man was detained by officers.

They were responding to reports of an individual armed with a knife on Town Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on Monday afternoon.

The animal, called Audi, is in a "stable condition" after being given treatment, the Staffordshire force said.

A police officer received what is thought to be a minor injury during the incident.

According to the force, the dog was hurt as police tried to detain the suspect.

A spokesperson said: "The detained man is believed to have suffered a medical emergency and has been taken to hospital for treatment."

Ch Insp Donna Harvey said: "Police dogs are our family, not property, and our thoughts are with the dog and his handler at this time."

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