1. ITV Report

Police dog stabbed on duty is awarded for bravery

A police dog has been honoured with a bravery award after being seriously injured by a knife-wielding man while on duty.

PD Canto, who assists West Mercia Police, was recognised for his devotion to the force by the PDSA vet charity.

The five-year-old German Shepherd and his handler, Police Constable Emma Worrall, attended a presentation in his honour, where Canto was presented with the PDSA Commendation award.

PD Canto and PC Worrall were called to an incident last year in which a man was armed with a large kitchen knife.

Canto leapt to detain the man, but was slashed by the knife across the chest.

The brave dog continued to bark at the man, which distracted him enough for officers armed with tasers to take control of the situation.

Vets were quick to operate on the eight-inch stab wound, and after a well-earned spell of recuperation, Canto re-joined Emma at work.

PD Canto’s story really highlights the vital role that police dog teams play in local policing and demonstrates the perils they can face. I’m honoured to present him with the PDSA Commendation for his actions that night and to celebrate his contribution to our local police force.

– Jan McLoughlin, PDSA’s Director General