McCaw off the bench after BOP stabbing
He's named after a famous All Black captain known for toughing it out on the field, so it's no surprise injured patrol dog McCaw is hoping he’ll soon be back in action.
Four-year-old McCaw is recovering well from surgery after being stabbed while tracking an alleged offender in Fordlands, Rotorua, on April 17.
“The alleged offender fled the scene on foot before entering a nearby property,” says a police spokesperson.
“A police dog followed the offender into the property, where it was stabbed.
“Soon after a self-harm incident occurred and the offender was transported to Rotorua District Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
McCaw needed surgery following the incident and has been recovering at home with his handler.
Handler Constable Dave Balck says McCaw is taking things easy at home and, though he's still a bit uncomfortable, it's hoped the stitches in a wound in a neck muscle will be out this week.
After some rehab McCaw will be cleared to resume work, doing what he does best. In the meantime - like all patients - he gets to enjoy an occasional treat, says Dave.
McCaw with former handler Constable Comrie Keenan. Photo: Photo: Dog Squad/Greenstone TV.
Constable David Balck graduated from initial dog training in August 2018 with another dog named after a rugby great – Lomu. But, keeping up the sporting theme, he’s now McCaw’s handler.
McCaw was previously teamed with Constable Comrie Keenan, who is now a dog handler in Gisborne.
A youth is facing charges arising from the incident.