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Stabbed police dog back on the beat aids in five arrests

PD Quantum aided in the arrest of five suspects on 14 July. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

A Nottinghamshire Police dog is back on the beat after being stabbed in the line of duty earlier this year.

In fact he has helped make a string of arrests possible.

PD Quantum was stabbed a number of times in March while apprehending suspects during an incident in Top Valley, Nottingham, in which three police officers were also injured.

PD Quantum needed nine stitches after he was attacked. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

On 14 July he showed he was fully recovered when he assisted in the arrest of five people in connection with a theft, assault and a number of reports of criminal damage in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

PD Quantum, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd cross, was deployed after the report came in to Nottinghamshire Police early on Saturday morning.

He helped to track one suspect to some nearby bushes.

Police say PD Quantum has suffered no lasting effects from the attack. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Police said:

PD Quantum attended along with PD Akie and their human colleagues, where they found five suspects nearby, with help from members of the public.

Quantum helped to track one of the group to some nearby bushes – but that plan didn’t work out too well for him, as he was arrested after he was found hiding up a tree. Five people - all male and aged between 17 and 23 - have been arrested in connection with the incident.

– Spokesperson, Nottinghamshire Police

The victim of the assault, a 36-year old man, has been taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries, which aren’t believed to be life-threatening or life-altering.

PD Quantum, who required nine stitches after the incident, is just one of a number of police and service dogs to be injured in the line of duty recently.

Seven-year-old Axle was attacked while officers from Derbyshire Police attended a domestic incident on High Street, Riddings, on 4 July this year.

He has since been discharged from the veterinary centre where he was recovering and is back with his handler, PC Dean Allen.

Axle with his hander PC Dean Allen Credit: Derbyshire Police

Just two days after Axle was stabbed a Bill giving greater protection to police animals came a step closer to becoming law.

The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill passed unopposed at its second reading in Parliament on 6 July.

It aims to remove a section of the current law of self-defence often used by those who injure a service animal.