TORONTO, Canada — A German Shepherd with the Toronto police’s canine unit is expected to make a full recovery after he was attacked with a machete.
Lonca, a German Shepherd, was helping police investigate a potential illegal gambling operation in the north end of Toronto when a man rushed out of a home holding a machete. After repeated attempts by police to get the man to put down the weapon, officer’s deployed Lonca.
The man swung the machete at Lonca and slashed him in the neck. Lonca was immediately rushed to an animal emergency clinic. Thankfully, he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the force as soon as possible.
“The police dog received five stitches to its upper lip and two staples to its paw,” Staff Sgt. James Hung told CBC News.
Lonca’s handler and companion says that the dog is his best friend.
Sgt. Hung explains the bond between canine and handler, “The dogs are assigned to each handler and they take them home every night and care for them on a daily basis.”
Police are charging two men with in relation to the illegal gambling operation. They are also charging Phouc Dang, 56, with possession of a dangerous weapon and injuring an animal.