Po­lice dog ‘re­cov­er­ing well’ af­ter be­ing stabbed twice in the head


A po­lice dog stabbed twice in the head af­ter an al­leged bur­glary near Whangarei in North­land is re­cov­er­ing well, po­lice say.

Cae­sar was at­tacked by a man re­sist­ing ar­rest af­ter po­lice were called to re­ports of a bur­glary at a Parua Bay home just be­fore 6.30am yes­ter­day.

Cae­sar’s wounds have been stitched up and an X-ray showed no ma­jor dam­age. He will have a CT scan dur­ing the next few days to con­firm there is no per­ma­nent dam­age around his eye.

‘‘I would like to ex­tend my sin­cere thanks to the vet­eri­nar­ian who as­sisted Cae­sar and his han­dler Con­sta­ble Josh Van Der Kwaak this morn­ing,’’ North­land District Com­man­der Tony Hill said. ‘‘I would also like to ac­knowl­edge the vic­tim of the orig­i­nal bur­glary com­plaint, who as­sisted Con­sta­ble Van Der Kwaak af­ter Cae­sar was stabbed."

A 30-year-old man will face charges of bur­glary and in­jur­ing a po­lice dog. Ear­lier, po­lice said a res­i­dent found a man in their house armed with a knife and pack­ing items into a suit­case.

Cae­sar the po­lice dog was stabbed twice in the head.

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