PD Axle was stabbed during a domestic incident that was also attended by armed officers
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The stabbing incident occurred whilst Police were dealing with a domestic-related incident at around 18:40 BST in the High Street of Riddings, Derbyshire on Wednesday 4th July.
A post on Derbyshire Polices’ website stated that Police Dog Axle was making a “good recovery” following the incident and also paid tribute to and thanked the thousands of good will messages which have been left on one of their posts which gave the initial details of the stabbing.
A 27-year-old male has been arrested following the incident – no Police Officers were injured.
After the frenzied knife attack on PD Axle, Officers from Derbyshire Armed Response Unit said that PD Axle had been “sedated” and was “awaiting surgery” at near-by veterinary practice in Derby.
Derbyshire Police confirmed that the male had been detained and arrested with the assistance of the Air Support Unit (NPAS) Birmingham.
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A post on Derbyshire Constabulary’s Facebook page said:
“Last night, we were called to reports of a domestic disturbance in High Street, Riddings, and a number of our officers attended.
During the rapidly changing incident, some of our officers were threatened and one of our police dogs, Axle, suffered stab wounds.
Thank you for the well-wishes to him and his two-legged colleagues.
We are pleased to say that PD Axle is making a good recovery after being treated for his injuries this morning. We are also supporting the members of the public and the officers who were involved and affected by the incident, including the first responders and PD Axle’s handler.
Our inquiries into this incident are continuing.”
The post, which as been shared nearly 3,000 times, has an outpouring of support for PD Axle.
Tim Allsopp, commenting on the post, said: “Will the person responsible be charged with attempted murder then ?” – the comment received over 140 likes amid calls for much tougher sentences to be handed out to the individuals who harm service animals.
Tessa Kaine said: “Here’s hoping that this helps that bill through parliament. He is a police officer. PD Axle, I salute you.
Is there anywhere we can send treats?”
Derbyshire Police replied to Tessa’s comment with:
If you want to send them directly to us please mark all correspondence with ‘Dog Section’. Or get in touch with Pawz as the owner is co-ordinating a gift drop. The address here is:
A tweet published by @DerbysDogPolice thanked people for offering to send in toys and treats for PD Axle as he makes a slow recovery following on from his surgery.
A proposal for a much-needed new law to give greater protection to service animals was blocked earlier this month.
It was objected to by Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who has a reputation for dis-railing private members’ bills as they move through the House of Commons with the hope of making it onto the statute books.
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