For gallant incarceration, police dog Stark receives a bravery award – ‘he never backed down.’
Stark, a heroic police dog, was recognized for capturing a criminal despite being slashed 20 times with a machete.
The three-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross was severely injured in the head. At 4 a.m. in November 2020, Stark and his handler, PC Paul Hopley, were dispatched to allotments in Handsworth, Birmingham.
“Police, stay where you are!” exclaims PC Hopley in body camera footage. However, the intruder flees, and Stark pursues.
As the aggressive assailant hits Stark with a machete – which the cop mistook for a stick – his handler cries, “Stop hitting the dog!”
Despite being pummeled over 20 times, Stark manages to apprehend the bandit.
“He had a machete and was attacking my dog,” the cop radios to colleagues. The dog is hurt.”
Images of Stark’s face being slashed demonstrate how fortunate he was not to lose his eyesight.
“Stark was hit over 20 times, yet he didn’t yelp, he didn’t abandon him, and he didn’t run back to me for protection,” PC Hopley added.
“He was such a young, inexperienced dog, but despite being mercilessly assaulted, he kept on job and never gave up.
“Stark received some serious injuries to his face, but he’s recovered completely. His career is on the rise.”
Last week, Stark was honored for his bravery at the Thin Blue Paw Awards, a canine welfare organization.