Brave police dog Kaiser ‘lucky to be alive’ after being stabbed five times on patrol in South London

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Heroic police dog stabbed five times in the head while subduing knife-wielding man man

  • Kaiser was on patrol in Orpington, South London with escort, PC Mark Woolcott
  • After tracking down the suspect, the brave Alsatian was stabbed five times and treated at vets where he needed stitches for his stab wounds
  • Despite his injuries, Kaiser held onto a 43-year-old man long enough for officers to hold him

A police dog is ‘lucky to be alive’ after being stabbed five times in the head while restraining a man armed with a large kitchen knife.

Kaiser was on patrol with his escort, PC Mark Woolcott, on Sunday when the pair received a call to report an intruder in the backyard in Orpington, south London.

After tracking down the suspect, Kaiser was stabbed four times on the top of his head and once below his eye.

Despite his injuries, the brave Alsatian was able to hold the man long enough for officers to hold him.

Kaiser was taken to the vet where he needed stitches. Fortunately, the knife only hit the bone, narrowly avoiding permanent injury.

PD Kaiser (above) was on patrol with his escort, PC Mark Woolcott, when the pair were called to a report of a backyard intruder in Orpington, south London

Kaiser was taken to the vet where he needed stitches.  Fortunately, the knife only struck bluntly, narrowly avoiding permanent injury

Kaiser was taken to the vet where he needed stitches. Fortunately, the knife only struck bluntly, narrowly avoiding permanent injury

He was kept overnight for observation but is expected to make a full recovery.

Another police officer also suffered a broken wrist and is expected to be out of work for up to a month.

A 43-year-old man was later detained under the Mental Health Act and is now being treated.

Chief Inspector Emma Richards, of the Metropolitan Police Dog Shelter Unit, yesterday praised Kaiser for his “enormous courage” in tackling the gunman.

She said: “Kaiser has been stabbed several times in the head and is lucky to be alive.

“We have to recognize that the man responsible for this attack was suffering from a mental health crisis.

“He is now receiving the care he needs and it will be decided in due course whether it is appropriate to face criminal charges.”

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