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Attacks on police dogs tough for police
Several New Zealand police dogs have been killed in the line of duty and, although none have died in recent years, Hastings dog Edge came close last June.
Senior Sergeant Murray Morrissey, who spent over 20 years as a dog section supervisor in Auckland, told the police magazine Ten One in 2004 he knew of seven dogs killed in the line of duty.
“It destroys the guys,” he said.
“You have a good relationship with them — they are part of your family — but you have to remember they are also a tool of trade.”
Edge was with his handler, Constable David Whyte, at Maraekakaho west of Hastings when police got a call about a man acting suspiciously at a property nearby.
The suspect began stabbing himself when police approached him and when Edge was set upon the man the dog was stabbed in the chest with a hunting knife.
Edge was rushed to a vet and had a life-saving blood transfusion using blood from a greyhound.
Edge was in the wars again early this year when he was bitten as he nabbed a suspected armed robber in Napier.
Mr Morrisey said one of the worst incidents — one that was captured on film — was when a police dog called Luke was shot and seriously injured by a man on Auckland’s Queen St in 1983 while surrounded by police.
“We learnt a lot from that incident,” he said.
Mr Morrissey said every callout involving a dog had a violent component to it but there was no greater thrill than outsmarting an offender and catching them with a dog.