Police dog “lucky to be alive” after being stabbed five times

A police dog was stabbed six times – five in the head – with a kitchen knife in the line of duty.

Kaiser was on patrol with his handler, PC Mark Woolcott, when they were called to a report of an intruder in the back garden of a house.

The pair started a search of the area and found a man down a track behind the house.

But as Kaiser tried to subdue the man, he was stabbed up to five times on the top of his head and once below his eye, TeamDogs reports.

Despite the attack, he was able to keep control of the man for long enough to allow officers to take hold of him.

He was rushed to the vets where thankfully the blows to the top of his head were found to have struck bone, narrowly avoiding lasting injury, or worse.

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He required stitches and was kept in overnight for observation but is expected to make a full recovery.

In the struggle that followed the attack on Kaiser in Orpington, Kent, another officer sustained a broken wrist and is expected to be off work for up to a month.

Superintendent Emma Richards, from Met Police’s Taskforce, which includes the Dog Support Unit, said: “I want to pay tribute to Kaiser and PC Woolcott for the immense bravery they showed in tackling this armed man. Kaiser was stabbed multiple times in the head and is lucky to be alive.

“My thoughts are also with the officer who sustained a broken wrist. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on duty as soon as he is able.

“The events of Sunday night are a reminder of the risks that our men, women and animals face on the frontline. We ask them to go towards danger and uncertainty on a daily basis in order to keep the public safe and I am proud that they do so with such commitment and bravery each and every time.”

The man responsible for the attack suffers from severe mental health issues and had left his house in Biggin Hill earlier the same evening, armed with a large kitchen knife.

His family had alerted police to his disappearance and a search had been carried out but he could not immediately be found.

Dave Wardell, trustee of the Thin Blue Paw Foundation and owner of retired police dog Finn, who was stabbed while on duty in October 2016, said: “We were horrified to hear about the shocking attack on PD Kaiser and his handler; it just goes to show how brave our police officers and police dogs really are.

“We wish Kaiser and his handler a speedy recovery and we’re pleased to hear that their attacker is now receiving the treatment he needs.

“We launched the Thin Blue Paw Foundation last year to support, celebrate and protect working and retired police dogs, just like Finn and Kaiser.

“They are four-legged heroes who, like their handlers, put their lives on the line every day to enforce our laws and protect the public, and they deserve our respect.”

Following the attack on Kaiser, the man was detained under the Mental Health Act and is now receiving treatment at an appropriate facility.

Essex Live