A police dog received a deep cut to his head while helping police catch burglary suspects early this morning.
Canine cop Vector received a serious laceration to his head while trying to stop the suspects and is now recovering well, say police.
One of the suspects he was chasing was treated in hospital after being bitten by Vector and tasered by a police officer.
A police spokseman said police were called about 12.20am to a house in Mensa Close, Rockingham after a report of three males forcing entry to the house.
Police said the 76-year-old female resident was confronted by the group as they demanded property. They left the house with some of her property.
The elderly woman was taken to hospital to be treated for shock.
Rockingham Police and a Dog Squad unit attended and their inquiries into the stolen property led them to a house in Shoalwater.
"At that house officers disturbed a burglary in progress on a residence in Hawkers Street, Shoalwater," the police spokesman said. "Two offenders were chased.
"During the apprehension of the offenders Police Dog Vector received a serious laceration to his head.
"He was taken to the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital for emergency treatment, which included having a number of staples applied to his injury.
"One of the offenders was also taken to hospital after being bitten by Police Dog Vector and being tasered by one of the officers.
"As part of the investigation into the two incidents, detectives have five people in custody assisting with their investigation."Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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