A law giving protection to service dogs and horses has been given royal assent after a serving Derbyshire police dog was stabbed three times.
The new legislation means causing unnecessary suffering to a service animal is now an offence in England and Wales.
Last year a Derbyshire police dog was stabbed three times by a man when armed officers were sent to a disturbance in Riddings.
PD Axle needed surgery following the attack but has since returned to service.
The man who "almost killed" him was jailed for six years and seven months for criminal damage and making threats to kill.
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