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.”
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