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Police Dog Resting but Unhurt after Suffering Fall During Search

One of Staffordshire police dogs is resting, but thankfully unhurt, after a fall during a search at a property in Hanley yesterday (May 10).

PD Basti, a three-and-a-half year-old German Shepherd, and his handler PC Adrian Firth, were assisting firearms officers as they searched properties in the Rushton Road area yesterday morning for outstanding suspects.

PD Basti jumped through an open window onto a roof at a terraced property and slid down the tiled roof, onto the ground below.

He was immediately taken from the scene to a nearby vets, fully examined, and did not suffer any injuries.

He has, however, been told to ‘paws’ and take some time to rest and recuperate.

Temporary Inspector Pete Finch, of the Armed Response and Dog Support Unit, said he knew the incident had attracted attention on social media, so wanted to reassure people PD Basti was uninjured.

“PD Basti was involved in a search with firearms officers when he unfortunately took a fall. We’re all relieved he’s fit and well and are looking forward to him getting back to work after a short rest. The safety and wellbeing of our police dogs is paramount and they are a much loved member of our firearms team.”

The searches were taking place following an incident in Waterloo Road on 9 May. A 35-year-old man from the local area has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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