Hero police dog who clung on when hit with machete. Wish the attacker was treated the same way in court
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A police dog who clung on to a suspect even though it had been struck 20 times with a machete has been given a bravery award.
PC Paul Hopley and the his dog Stark (a cross between a German shepherd and a Belgian Malinois), were called to allotments in the Handsworth areas of Birmingham at 4am last November after reports of someone behaving suspiciously.
Footage recorded on Hopley’s body camera captures him saying; ’’Find them, Stark.’’
The officer is then heard shouting;’’ Police, stay where you are.’’
The suspect then starts running away. Hopley can be heard urging the suspect to stop hitting the dog thinking he was using a stick to strike Sark. The implement turned out to be a machete which was used to cut the dog, causing serious injuries.
Despite the wounds Stark kept a firm grip on the suspect and Hopley used an incapacity spray to prevent him escaping.
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Hopley said;’’ Stark was hit over 20 times but he didn’t yelp, he didn’t leave him or run back to me for protection.
‘’He was such a young and inexperienced dog but he stayed on task and despite being viciously attacked he never backed down.’’
Despite nasty cuts to his face, with one blow narrowly missing the eye he has made a full recovery and his career is flourishing.
Stark received a bravery award at the Thin Blue Paw awards last week and has now completed training to become a firearms support dog.
I don’t know what the machete attacker got when he finally appeared in court, probably £320 out of the poor box and a three month suspended sentence, but I know many of you would like to have seen him given the same beating he gave Stark. I certainly would.
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