Po­lice dog kicked in face on pa­trol

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

A PO­LICE dog is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing in­jured in the line of duty.

Brave Bon­nie, a six-year-old Ger­man shep­herd, was kicked in the face while on pa­trol with han­dler PC Bob Beck­ett on June 21.

She was at­tacked by Daniel Crouch, 24, of Beech Lane, Mac­cles­field, who had dam­aged two win­dows and as­saulted Peter Davies when Bon­nie and PC Beck­ett were drafted in.

Brave Bon­nie is trained to search for miss­ing peo­ple and peo­ple hid­ing from the po­lice or mak­ing off from crime scenes.

PC Bob Beck­ett, said Bon­nie was on duty when Crouch kicked out, and re­acted by bit­ing his foot.

He said: “I was dis­gusted when Crouch kicked Bon­nie in her face.

“It was a cruel act on an an­i­mal trained to do her job.

“Bon­nie did im­me­di­ately bite the of­fend­ing foot, which gives an in­di­ca­tion of what can hap­pen when you at­tack one of the po­lice dogs.

“Bon­nie was taken to the vets and is thank­fully now feel­ing much bet­ter.”

Bon­nie, whose lip was cut as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, was put on a course of med­i­ca­tion but was oth­er­wise un­af­fected by the in­ci­dent.

PC Beck­ett added that Bon­nie has been a val­ued mem­ber of the po­lice team for five years, sniff­ing out of­fend­ers and miss­ing peo­ple while on pooch pa­trol with Cheshire Po­lice.

He said: “Bon­nie is six years old, she has been a po­lice dog for five of those. She is trained to search miss­ing per­sons and for oth­ers hid­ing from or mak­ing off from po­lice or crime scenes, on find­ing any of these she is trained to sit and bark in­di­cat­ing to me that she has found some­one.

“She has found nu­mer­ous miss­ing per­sons in­clud­ing chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple. She also has a very good record for catch­ing crim­i­nals and will de­fend her­self, and I, fear­lessly when re­quired.

“She is a lovely so­cial an­i­mal and a big part of my fam­ily.”

Crouch ad­mit­ted dam­ag­ing a po­lice dog at Crewe Mag­is­trates Court on June 24.

He also ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age of two win­dows be­long­ing and as­sault­ing Peter Davies.

Crouch has been re­manded in cus­tody un­til July 28 for a psy­chi­atric re­port.

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