Distressed officers are hoping their beloved veteran police dog will not die after being stabbed in the neck by an alleged car thief.
Officers were called to a terrace in Gordon Park, in Brisbane’s north, about 1:30am after a suspected stolen car was spotted in the area.
When police arrived, three people were arrested at the scene, but two men, aged 21 and 24, fled.
Police dog Kaos and his handler ran after the pair and tracked them down 15 minutes later, hiding out two streets away.
During the arrest, one of the men allegedly stabbed Kaos in the neck with a 12-centimetre knife, making a large wound.
The seven-year-old German shepherd was kept alive at the scene by his long-term handler, who is said to be extremely upset over the incident.
Senior Sergeant Sean Baxendell said the wound was “significant” and the dog’s condition was touch and go.
“It’s a bit of a waiting game until we find out how the surgery went,” he said.
“We are hopeful he will make a recovery because he is a very valuable asset to both the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland community as a whole.”
Senior Sergeant Baxendell said Kaos had a close bond with his handler who he had been with since he was a puppy.
The two are inseparable and live together.
“[His handler] provided medical first aid, saving the dog’s life,” he said.
“They are very much a part of the family so it is extremely upsetting.
“Our thoughts are with the handler.”
Kaos underwent surgery was in a stable but critical condition.
A 21-year-old Milton man and a 24-year-old Enoggera man have both been charged with one count each of serious animal cruelty, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, serious assault police and obstruct police.
They were both denied bail and are expected to appear at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Monday.
A 25-year-old Logan Village woman, 22-year-old Wynnum man, and 29-year-old Manly West woman have all been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
All three are expected to appear at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on February 17.