Armed robbery suspect beats police dog during chase in Downham
PUBLISHED: 09:31 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 07 November 2013
This police dog was left cut and bleeding after a suspect beat him with a metal bar during a chase in Downham.
Fuzz, a five-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd was chasing the armed robbery suspect in Calmont Road yesterday at around 2.30pm.
They had been called to Avondale Road to reports that a moped had been stolen by two men armed with a knife and a baton.
Police officers and Fuzz pursued the man after he dumped the moped he was riding but as the dog caught up with him, the man hit him around the head with a metal baton.
Despite his injuries, Fuzz continued to tackle the suspect who was arrested by officers at the scene on suspicion of robbery, and criminal damage and animal cruelty in relation to Fuzz.
The dog was left bleeding heavily from his nose and had a cut under his eye and was taken by handler Pc Craig Calthorpe, for emergency veterinary treatment.
They have worked together for more than five years after Fuzz joined the force as a seven-week-old puppy.
Mr Calthorpe said: “We are all incredibly relieved that Fuzz is on the mend as we initially feared the worst.
“It’s testament to his bravery that he refused to back down even after he was struck, and shows the dedication of our dogs who put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis.”
Fuzz is under observation and on pain killers but expected to make a full recovery.
The arrested man received medical treatment for bite wounds to the arm but is now in custody.
One of the suspects is yet to be traced.