A POLICE dog survived having a knife plunged into him as he clung to a suspect during an armed siege.
Zoltan, a four-year-old GSD, was sent in to bring down a man after a tense standoff during a violent domestic dispute in Stockton, Teesside.
The dog was stabbed through his right front leg and the blade emerged through his back.
Despite the horrific wound, the brave dog stuck to his task and wouldn’t let go before officers moved in to arrest the 39-year-old man, who had been struck by a baton round. The suspect was taken to hospital with minor injuries, while Zoltan was taken by police car to a veterinary surgery.
He needed one and half hours of emergency surgery to his pectoral muscle and two major arteries that were severed in the attack on Wednesday night last week.
Vet Derek Copeland, 43, who carried out the operation, said: "This is the most extensive stab wound I have ever seen on a police dog or any dog."
Zoltan remained under observation and treatment at the vet's surgery for a week before being discharged. Incredibly, it is hoped that he could be back on duty with his police handler within a month.