Man admits stabbing police dog in throat

A Hornby man has admitted stabbing a police dog in the throat in an incident in Kaiapoi on May 31.

Joshua Luke Cooper, 29, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court today to a charge of injuring the four-year-old dog, Kosmo.

Cooper was at his partner’s address in Kaiapoi when the police got a call saying he was armed with a knife.

Kosmo and a police dog handler were sent to the address, but Cooper had already left on foot and had two knives with him.

The dog started tracking him, and located one knife, then found Cooper who ran into a bush area and up a stop-bank. Kosmo was released and bit and held Cooper’s arm.

Cooper stabbed Kosmo in the throat with the knife causing him to release his hold. Kosmo fell to the ground where he remained for around 20 minutes until his handler arrived. He was flown by helicopter to a Christchurch 24-hour veterinary surgery. He suffered significant blood loss during this time and later received a blood transfusion from another police dog. The 4cm cut to his throat narrowly missed his carotid artery.

Meanwhile Cooper returned to the partner’s address and was arrested by police.

Cooper admitted charges of injuring the police dog, and possession of an offensive weapon. He had already pleaded guilty on other charges, including being in an enclosed yard, and unlawfully getting into a car.

Judge Paul Kellar requested a psychological report for the sentencing on all his charges, and remanded Cooper in custody to December 11.