Monday, August 15, 2011

The brave police dog who suffered horrific injuries after looting thug threw brick... and patrolled streets for another TWO HOURS

Real life Lassie: Police dog Obi suffered a fractured skull when thugs threw bricks at him

A brave police dog whose skull was fractured when thugs threw bricks, bottles and petrol bombs at him during the riots continued to patrol the streets for two hours, despite blood dripping from his head.

German Shepherd Obi, 3, was badly wounded when he was struck just above his left eye when he and his handler PC Phil Wells were targeted by a violent crowd on Tottenham High Road.

But, despite blood pouring from his left nostril and in shock, the working dog soldiered on to help police try and contain the rioters who ransacked North London - despite later needing a CT scan for his injury.

Determined to do his duty: PC Phil Wells says despite being in shock Obi carried on helping him to patrol the ransacked streets for two hours after being hit

PC Wells, who has cared for Obi since the dog was just an eight-week-old puppy, described he and his dog came under siege by remorseless thugs who deliberately targeted his 'best friend and closest colleague'.

'Obi is trained in public order, and that may be dispersing a crowd or pushing them back. We were on a stationary point when we came under heavy bombardment,' he said.

The vet was worried about the Obi's injury and transferred him to the Royal Veterinary School in Cambridge for a CT scan.

'That showed he had a fractured skull above the left eye socket.'

Despite being signed off until he fully recovers, Obi's only outward sign of injury is a small shaved patch above his left eye where vets checked for bruising.

Constable Wells added: 'There is no definitive answer to when he is going to be back, it could be several months before the vet is happy he is fit to resume active duty. It is a case of taking it week by week.

'He is on medication so he is quite lethargic when usually he is a bouncy dog but hopefully with a bit of rest and recuperation he will be back to normal soon.'

source: dailymail

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