I am delighted to read that Police Dog Stark had recovered from their injuries caused by a 16 year old trying to almost take its eyes out with a machete and hitting him 20 times. Needless to say that PD Stark was in a poor and sorry state and needed a lot of time to recover, but now we read the brilliant news that he is going back to work.

I am a huge fan of Police Dogs, Military Working Dogs and sniffer Dogs as they are such an added comfort to our strange law breaking days that we need to do more to protect them. I think that they are absolutely gorgeous and imagine going to work everyday with someone who loves you with such loyalty and who will protect you with their lives….

Time and time again we read how dogs have saved their handlers and others from serious harm and they do so out of loyalty as you have to earn that and when you have, they will never let you down.

So, again I am delighted that this fantastic police officer is returning to work and it shows how resiliant they are and the good care they are given.

May he and his hander stay safe and sadly we don’t have the terms that the Americans have and that is if you kill or seriously injure a police dog then you can get upto 25 years in jail. Maybe, it is about time we rewarded them for their loyalty by making the crime fit and treating them as we would any other police officer….and give them justice when it is needed.

PC Hopley told the court he heard shouting and realised Stark had found someone.  He recalled shouting ‘stand still, stay where you are, police officer’. The officer said as he got closer he saw the defendant striking Stark with what looked like a stick, hitting him repeatedly at least 20 times, but then to his own horror he soon realised it was a wooden handled machete. PC Hopley, who was visibly emotional in court, said: ‘I shouted at him to stop hitting the dog.

He was cut after police responded to reports of people breaking into sheds on allotments in Handsworth, Birmingham. Handler PC Paul Hopley feared his three-year-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois cross was going to be killed, such was the ferociousness of the attack
He was cut after police responded to reports of people breaking into sheds on allotments in Handsworth, Birmingham. Handler PC Paul Hopley feared his three-year-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois cross was going to be killed, such was the ferociousness of the attack

Body worn camera footage was played to the court which showed the defendant yelling out during the confrontation, and then continuing to complain after Stark had released him. PC Hopley could be heard saying: ‘You tried to kill my dog what do you expect?’  Stark sustained five cuts to his head and was fortunate not to lose his eye. But after undergoing surgery he was able to return to duty in December.

Well done PC Hopley and PD Stark and may God keep you both safe with the task that weighs so heavily on your shoulders. God bless you and all those who defend us.