Teen charged over machete attack on PD Stark
We’ve charged a teenager over the machete attack on our police dog Stark.
The 16-year-old – who is too young for us to legally name – was released from hospital yesterday where he’d been receiving treatment for dog bite injuries.
He was questioned by our detectives about the incident in the early hours of Saturday morning in which three-year-old Stark suffered facial cuts.
The teenager, who’s living in Handsworth, has been charged with possessing a bladed weapon and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected (service) animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
He’s been bailed to appear at Birmingham Youth Court next month. His bail includes a condition to live and sleep at a specified address and to abide by a 7pm-7am curfew.
PD Stark is continuing his recovery at home where he’ll stay for around two weeks until his wounds have fully healed.
His handler PC Paul Hopley says Stark is desperate to get back to work!