the dog news stories you need to read

Social Navigation

Police Dog Tackles Axe Wielding Drunk

UK Dog News

A man who drunkenly brandished an axe and threatened to hurt a police dog has been jailed.

Rossi the dog jumped 8ft (2.4m) and grabbed the axe from Adrian Dowdall, then dropped the axe and held his arm to stop him getting away.

The Belgian Shepherd is not trained to disarm but his handler thinks he could have mistaken the axe for a toy.

Dowdall, 36, of Bentinck Close, Boughton, Nottinghamshire, has been jailed for 160 days.


He pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to having a bladed article in a public place.

Rossi’s handler, PC Matt Rogers, said: “When I deployed him I expected him to get hold of the man.

PC Matt Rogers has had Rossi since he was a puppy. He is a Belgian Shepherd (Malinois).

Now seven years old, Rossi is due to retire in September.

Judge Michael Stokes QC praised Rossi’s bravery at an earlier hearing court hearing.

However, PC Rogers said he was “a little bit miffed” from a dog handling point of view.

“I think he thought it was a toy or something like that,” he said. “He obviously didn’t perceive it as much of a threat himself.”

“He’s not trained to disarm, he’s just trained to go and detain him.

“I don’t know what goes off sometimes in his head.”

Dog News by Email
Enter your email address below and never miss out on the latest, most important dog news:

Comments
  1. So the axe man got prison like a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket ,for how long was he jailed for 10 years to learn a lesson  I dont think so  if he can do that to a dog he will do it to a child .

Comments are closed.