New Zealand Police Dog Edge Receives Highest Honor
Big barks for Edge and Officer Dave!!!!
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Stabbed police pooch given top dog award
12 December 2007
New Zealand Police's highest honour was today bestowed on a Hawke's Bay policeman and his dog.
Senior Constable Dave Whyte and his dog Edge received the Gold Merit Award for disarming a man who stabbed himself before twice stabbing the dog.
The award, given to staff for outstanding work or service, was presented at a special ceremony at Hastings Police Station.
Police dog Edge received a citation for bravery and perseverance after being critically injured when he was stabbed by Graham Ashcroft.
Police said Edge continued to fight off his assailant and protect his handler as he bled profusely from two major stab wounds to his chest and side.
Mr Whyte and Edge were called to an incident at Maraekakaho near Hastings on June 6 last year after reports of a man act acting suspiciously on a farm.
Ashcroft stabbed himself in the stomach and was preparing to stab himself in the chest when Mr Whyte and Edge intervened.
Mr Whyte was struggling with Ashcroft when he plunged the knife into the dog's chest, just missing Mr Whyte's leg, police said.
Mr Whyte grabbed Ashcroft's arm as he stabbed the dog a second time. He managed to wrestle the knife from Ashcroft and with the situation under control, Edge collapsed unconscious from his injuries.
Edge was flown by rescue helicopter to a vet practice in Havelock North before being transferred to Massey University's Veterinarian Teaching Hospital in Palmerston North.
It was estimated Edge lost over half of his blood.
Hawke's Bay police dog Sergeant Allan McRae said Edge had returned to work in Hawke's Bay and was now "fit as a fiddle".