K9 rewarded: Richmond awards medal to brave police dog that took on Dangerous suspect

2013-04-30 00:00

THE Richmond community threw a party for a police dog and showered him with gifts after he chased a dangerous suspect into the bush and was stabbed twice.

The suspect was shot dead by police after Spike, a member of the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit, led officers to the man, who was wanted for attempted murder. For his efforts, Spike was given toys, food and doggie accessories.

Spike was also awarded a trophy and a medal of bravery by the Richmond Crime Watch.

“This dog is a local hero here in Richmond. It nabbed a man wanted for attempted murder.

“We believe if he was not arrested, [someone] was definitely going to get killed,” said Ricky Jugree of the Richmond Crime Watch.

Jugree said the drama started on Wednesday last week when Crime Watch, the Community Policing Forum and police were on a trail of a man wanted for attempted murder.

The man, he said, had been released from prison and had allegedly stabbed a resident while trying to break into his house.

“The man had run into a thick bush and other K9 unit were called and they could not find him and we were worried that the man might have got away.”

He said when Spike and his handler Warrant Officer Jay Marian arrived, Spike picked up the scent and went straight into the thick bush where the suspect was hiding and grabbed him.

The suspect retaliated and stabbed the dog twice in the neck. The suspect then tried to escape and was shot dead by police.

Police confirmed the incident and said the suspect had been shot dead after he also tried to stab a police officer. An inquest docket has been opened. — WR.

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