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Police Dog Audi is beginning his recovery at home

The police dog who was stabbed on duty yesterday in Stoke-on-Trent is now at home and beginning his recovery. 

PD Audi and his handler were assisting colleagues who were trying to detain a man on Town Road, Hanley at around 2.15pm yesterday afternoon (1 July) when he sustained an injury to the side of his head which needed medical treatment. 

A 29-year-old man suffered a medical emergency at the scene and was taken to hospital. He was later arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers, causing unnecessary suffering to an emergency service animal, possession of offensive weapons and an offence under the Public Order Act. 

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Stephen Ward said: "We're pleased that no officers came to serious harm and PD Audi is now recovering from his ordeal. His injuries seem to be soft tissue-related and he is likely to be out of action for a short time.” 

A 29-year-old man from Merseyside remains in custody. 

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