Two-year-old Police dog, Lenix, is recovering after being struck with a hammer by a man fleeing Canterbury Police after a serious family harm incident on Tuesday evening.
During the man’s arrest, Police say he became aggressive, striking Lenix in the face with the hammer before also assaulting the dog’s handler.
“Lenix has been seen by the vet and cleared of any fractures. Thankfully, after a few days of rest he’ll be back on the beat,” Police said in a statement today.
A 35-year-old man will face multiple charges relating to resisting Police, assaulting Police, injuring a Police dog and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
“Lenix is a bit of a superstar in the Canterbury region, he and his handler were recently voted New Zealand’s top trainee Police dog team for the year winning the Overton Cup.”
“We hope you make a speedy recovery Lenix,” Police said.
We do too Lenix! ASN Team