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Hero dog Bacca with PC Mike Davey after receiving the PDSA Gold Medal for life-saving actions in 2018 (Image: Birmingham Mail)
Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a “legendary” police dog – who saved his handler’s life, despite being stabbed – after he sadly passed away, two years after retiring.
PD Bacca retired in 2019 alongside his handler, PC Mike Davey, after serving at West Mercia Police for six years.
The force said it was "with great sadness" that they announced the "legendary" dog had died over the weekend.
As tributes have been paid to brave Bacca, TeamDogs has carved out a safe, sympathetic and supportive space for its registered users to commemorate the beloved pets they have lost.
You can tell us how your dogs have left pawprints on your heart here, just as Bacca is being remembered by the Bromyard community in Herefordshire.
Bacca was honoured with the PDSA's Gold Medal – described as the animal equivalent of the George Cross – for his bravery before he retired.
He made headlines in 2018 after dramatic body-cam footage showed him tackling a suspect wielding a 10-inch blade.
PC Mike Davey was viciously attacked before Bacca was also slashed and hacked at several times in Bromyard.
Despite his injuries, the courageous dog refused to let the yob get away, stayed to protect his owner and managed to detain the suspect.
West Mercia Police Dogs shared the news of his death on social media writing: "With great sadness we report the passing of retired Police Dog Bacca. Bacca worked for West Mercia Police from 2013 to 2019 when he retired with his handler."
Police officers from Bromyard police station replied: "Such sad news. Retired PD Bacca was special to the Bromyard community. His heroic actions helped keep our small town safe one night in June 2018, despite sustaining multiple knife wounds during the incident. RIP Bacca."
Hereford SNT added: "Very sad news to hear of the passing of PD Bacca. A true legend of police dogs in Herefordshire. Many officers felt a sigh of relief when Bacca and his handler Mike arrived at their jobs."
PC Davey had been responding to an incident during the early hours of the morning where a man armed with a knife was smashing shop windows.
As he attempted to disarm him, the distressed suspect lashed out with the knife – causing PC Davey to suffer injuries to his hands.
PD Bacca was stabbed during the incident but returned to protect PC Davey before eventually helping to bring down the perpetrator in an alleyway.
The dog sustained a number of wounds to his head and neck, which required emergency veterinary treatment including stitches following the incident.
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Speaking of his dog's heroics previously, PC Davey said he was in "awe" of his four-legged companion.
He said: "Seeing Bacca recognised with such a prestigious award is truly fantastic....I am still in awe of his actions that night. He was attacked, repeatedly, and seriously injured, yet he continued to do his job. To me it highlights what a truly remarkable Police Dog he was throughout his career.
“He was there when I needed him – as he was for the eight years we worked together, and still is now in retirement – and I have no doubt that he saved my life that night.”
PDSA Director of Veterinary Services, Richard Hooker, said at the time: “Bacca’s unstinting devotion to duty and determination to protect his handler, despite sustaining serious injuries, makes him a worthy recipient of the PDSA Gold Medal.
“The PDSA Animal Awards programme seeks to raise the status of animals in society and honour the incredible contribution they make to our lives.
"Bacca’s heroics are an extraordinary example of this and his bravery deserves the highest possible recognition."
A man charged in connection with the attack later died before he was due to stand trial.
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