SA police dog Rusty saves his handler after a man, 27, allegedly stabbed him with a screwdriver

Hero police dog Rusty SAVES his handler after ‘fighting off suspect trying to stab him’ with a screwdriver

  • Police dog Rusty defended his handler after man allegedly stabs him in the hand 
  • The man, 27, was seen with another man, 42, allegedly trying to break into cars
  • The man allegedly stabbed the officer with a screwdriver and tried to stab Rusty 

A police dog has saved the life of his handler after fighting off the man who allegedly stabbed him with a screwdriver.  

South Australian police were called to the Adelaide suburb of Findon just before 2am on Thursday after receiving reports two men were allegedly trying to break into cars and a home. 

After arresting a 42-year-old man, found on the street in Arnold Close, officers were told the second suspect had jumped on a dirt bike and rode towards Noblet Street.  

Police dog Rusty (pictured) defended his handler after a man stabbed the officer in the hand with a screwdriver

Police dog Rusty (pictured) defended his handler after a man stabbed the officer in the hand with a screwdriver 

An officer and his four-legged partner Rusty were conducting a foot patrol on Noblet Street just before 4am when they saw a man walking with a dirt bike through the garden area of a unit block.

The officer confronted the man, who then took out a screwdriver and allegedly stabbed him in the hand. 

Rusty jumped to the defence of his handler by biting the man, despite him allegedly making multiple attempts to stab the dog and officer again. 

The man was still armed with the screwdriver when additional police officers arrived. 

Paramedics treated the officer for injuries to his hand and upon closer inspection found Rusty was not injured – all thanks to his stab-proof harness. 

The 27-year-old man from Findon was arrested and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he was treated for dog bite wounds.

The man is expected to be charged with a number of offences including attempting to cause death or serious harm to a working animal, assaulting a prescribed emergency worker, resisting police and possessing an article to commit an offence.

He was refused bail and will face Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday. 

Rusty and his handler will hit the streets on patrol on Thursday night. 

Police dog Rusty (right) and Judge (left) with their handlers

Police dog Rusty (right) and Judge (left) with their handlers

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