Stabbed K9 heroes on the mend

2015-12-05 10:45
Spike sports a cone to prevent him biting at his wounds while he recovers at the K9 unit kennels in Mountain Rise.

Spike sports a cone to prevent him biting at his wounds while he recovers at the K9 unit kennels in Mountain Rise. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Spike and Rex, two canine police officers who were stabbed by a burglar, are well on their way to recovery.

According to a police source, both dogs are “doing very well” and will return to tackling crime by January next year.

Spike and Rex were both stabbed many times with a carving knife while tackling a burglar in the Bishopstowe area last week.

Their handlers Constable Jackie Marais and Sergeant Shaun Noordman had tracked the burglar to Bishopstowe after a burglary in Cleland on Tuesday night last week and the dogs had been let loose to bring down the fleeing robber.

In the frenzy, one dog was stabbed behind the neck near the shoulder and again near the ribs while the second dog was stabbed close to the lungs. Both animals were rushed to a local vet during the early hours of Wednesday morning for treatment.

A police source yesterday said “draining pipes” were removed from both dogs on Monday and they are currently on antibiotics and pain killers while recovering at the K9 unit base in Mountain Rise.

“The stitches should be removed by Wednesday next week and both dogs should be back on duty in about one month.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said the dogs have been taken back to the unit and are recovering.

“We appreciate the support from the community,” Ngobese said.

The incident caused an outburst on social media from concerned Pietermaritzburg residents and animal activists.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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