Police dog receives bravery award for protecting police officer

A police dog has received an award for her bravery after she defended her handler from a knife wielding assailant. Anya, the German shepherd, will receive her bravery award at this year’s Crufts. Anya was stabbed in the attack, but has now made a full recovery.

Police were attempting to calm a man down in Swindon last year, but the man attacked, when Anya leapt into action. Pc Neil Sampson was hurt in the incident, but both he and Anya recovered, and are back on duty.

Twenty-seven-year-old Essa Suleiman, a translator, received a nine year prison sentence for the knife attack.

Ch Supt Kevin Maidment said of Anya’s bravery:

The intervention of the dog played a vital part and helped bring to an end this horrific incident.

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