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Heroic police dog slashed 20 times with machete recognised for his bravery

Stark, a German Shepherd cross, suffered nasty cuts to his face, with one blow narrowly missing his eye, but he has made a full recovery and his policing career is said to be ‘flourishing’

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Police dog attacked with machete while officer makes arrest

A heroic police dog who helped detain a suspect despite being slashed 20 times with a machete and suffering horrific injuries has been recognised for his bravery.

Stark, a three-year-old German Shepherd cross, suffered dreadful head injuries after being attacked in the Handsworth area of Birmingham.

Video of the shocking incident was captured on his handler’s body camera.

He and his handler PC Paul Hopley were called out to allotments following reports of suspicious activity at 4am on November 14 last year.

PC Hopley is heard saying “find them Stark” before yelling: “Police, stay where you are!” as the intruder flees.

Stark then sets off in pursuit.



A heroic police dog which helped detain a suspect despite being slashed 20 times with a machete
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PC Hopley shouts: “Stop hitting the dog” as the violent thug beats Stark with a machete – which the officer initially thought was a stick.

Despite being hit more than 20 times, Stark detained his attacker, who Hopley covers in incapacitant spray.

The officer says on his radio: “He had a machete and was attacking me dog with it.

“The dog’s injured, the dog found him and he ran off.

“The dog gave chase and he attacked the dog with a machete. Over.”




Video of the shocking incident was captured on his handler’s body camera
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Gory images of cuts to Stark’s face show how the dog was lucky not to lose his eyes.

PC 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, inexperienced dog but he stayed on task and, despite being viciously attacked, he never backed down.

“Stark suffered nasty cuts to his face, with one blow narrowly missing an eye, but thankfully he’s made a full recovery and his policing career is flourishing.”




Stark has been recognised for his bravery
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On his first night shift back at work, Stark located a wanted person who had tried to hide from officers on a flat roof.

The three-year-old German Shepherd cross has now passed his firearms support dog course with flying colours and is enjoying his role supporting the firearms unit.

Superintendent Sarah Burton from West Midlands Police said: “When our police dogs get injured it is felt by everyone across the whole policing family.




He and his handler PC Paul Hopley were called out to allotments following reports of suspicious activity at 4am on November 14 last year
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“Thankfully Stark made a full recovery and was back at work within weeks of the attack which is remarkable. Our police dogs are an integral part of our police family and play a huge part in keeping us all safe.

“We are so proud of both PC Hopley and PD Stark for their immense bravery in what was a very scary situation.”

Stark was joined by his handler PC Hopley at the Thin Blue Paw Awards ceremony where he was recognised for his bravery on September 14.


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