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Police dog stabbed on duty in Bridgnorth

By Lisa O'Brien | Bridgnorth | Crime | Published:

A West Mercia police dog is recovering from serious injuries after being stabbed with a knife while on duty in Bridgnorth.

Police dog Canto was stabbed in Bridgnorth

The German Shepherd police dog, Canto, and his handler were called to a home on Tasley Close at about 8.10pm on Monday.

West Mercia Police said there had been concerns that a man at the address may have been trying to harm himself.

Superintendent Tom Harding said Canto was injured as they tried to help the man.

He said: "Following the information we were given and fearing that the man may have needed immediate medical attention officers forced entry to the address.

"The man was in possession of a knife and while in the property one of our German Shepherd police dogs, Canto, was stabbed."

Supt Harding said police deployed a taser and the man was detained under the Mental Health Act.

He added: "Five-and-a-half year old Canto has since had surgery and we are pleased to say he was able to return home with his handler later in the evening.

"He is now on strict rest while he recovers from his injuries.

"Our police dogs are a much loved and vital part of our team and we will look forward to welcoming Canto back on duty when he is fit and well."

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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