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Brave police dog back on duty following stabbing

Derbyshire Police's PD Axle is back on duty. Photo: Derbyshire Police

A police dog stabbed three times in the line of duty is back on the beat.

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

After being discharged from the veterinary centre where he was treated, and following a few weeks of rest and recuperation with his handler PC Dean Allen, Axle 'sailed through' a fitness assessment.

Operational once again, PD Axle is 'slightly less furry' after being shaved by the vet so his injuries could be treated.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said:

"PD Axle’s handler, PC Dean Allen, has informed us that Axle, who was injured in the line of duty last month, has been at our Dog Section this week for a full training assessment, which he sailed through.

As a result, he is now operational once more. He’s slightly less furry having had his body shaved by the vet, and he’s eaten a lot of pigs' ears. But he’s back."

– Derbyshire Police spokesperson

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

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

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