EASTERN CAPE - An attack on a police official is an attack on the State and similarly, an attack on any of our serving canine or equine is an attack on the State. These faithful animals serve alongside their human police officers of the SAPS with passion, discipline and dedication.
Ounooi the six-year-old Belgian Shepard attached to the Port Alfred K9 unit is in a stable condition after she was stabbed in the early hours of this morning by a housebreaking suspect.
At approximately 04:00 this morning members of the Port Alfred K9 unit responded to a positive housebreaking complaint in Port Alfred.
Tracks of the suspects were followed onto the beach and the handler spotted the one suspect running along the beach. He warned him to stop but the suspect ignored the member and continued to flee.
The handler then released his Patrol Dog � Ounooi and whilst she attempted to apprehend the suspect, the offender then started to stab Ounooi on her upper body and in the chest area. Weak from the stab wounds, Ounooi collapsed and the suspect ran towards to the water. Ounooi was taken to the local vet for medical treatment. The stab wounds damaged muscles close to her heart. She is currently in a stable condition and has been booked off duty to recuperate.
A search for the suspect was conducted but with negative results. The local NSRI was mobilised and there is still no sign of the suspect. The search continues.
Cluster Commander of Port Alfred, Brigadier Morgan Govender said today, on behalf of your colleagues within the Cluster, we wish you a speedy recovery. Ounooi has displayed extreme dedication, bravery and courage throughout her four years in the Service and has been instrumental in apprehending several suspects whilst on duty. The handler will be referred for trauma counselling.
Source: South African Police Service