Stabbed Derbyshire police dog sparks new law protecting service animals

A law giving protection to service dogs and horses has been given royal assent after a serving Derbyshire police dog was stabbed three times.

By Andrew Topping
Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 4:09 pm
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 2:44 pm
Police dog.
Police dog.

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.

Police dog.

The man who "almost killed" him was jailed for six years and seven months for criminal damage and making threats to kill.