SA police dog who survived stabbing dies


South Australian police dog Koda, who survived a near-fatal stabbing to return to active duty, has died of cancer.

The 11-year-old German Shepherd retired in 2014 and had been ill with a tumour for some time, police say.

"Koda will be sorely missed by his handler and family," Senior Sergeant Kurt Newcombe said.

Stricter penalties of up to five years jail for attacking working dogs were introduced in 2013 after Koda was attacked.

Police were chasing a man over a spate of break-ins in Adelaide's northern suburbs when he stabbed Koda in the neck as officers tried to arrest him.

The canine was rushed to a nearby vet and underwent emergency surgery.

The dog survived and returned to work five weeks later.

"PD Koda was an excellent working dog and was, sadly, a celebrity for all the wrong reasons, given the stabbing in 2013," Sgt Newcombe said.

Koda was involved in more than 116 arrests and deployed more than 638 times during his career.