Police dog among riot casualties

Published Tuesday, 13 August 2013
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A police dog was among the casualties of efforts to restore order during serious rioting in Belfast city centre on Friday, the PSNI has confirmed.

Police dog among riot casualties
Police dogs, like Dark (right) were used to try to restore order in Belfast. (© Presseye/PSNI)

The public order dog named Dark was struck with an iron grating during the violence.

He needed seven stitches for his injury.

The PSNI released a picture of the recovering dog on their Twitter page on Tuesday morning.

A total of 56 police officers were also injured when the rioting broke out during loyalist protests against an anti-internment rally being held in the city.

Eight officers had been hurt the previous evening when they were attacked at an anti-internment bonfire in the Divis area of west Belfast.

The Police Federation has already called for a voluntary suspension of all parades, until all-party talks can be held to find a long-term resolution to the issue of contentious marches.

The PSNI has also said that the violence will be dealt with accordingly.

"If people think for one moment that this is just a wee bit of recreational rioting - 'Let's go out and throw a few bricks at police for a bit of sport ...' It's far from sport," Detective Superintendent Sean Wright said.

"This really could result in police or other members of the public being killed.

"And we will deal with that robustly."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
woofer in Belfast wrote (534 days ago):
You're al barking mad - comments range from the ridiculous to the unbelieveable. who let the dogs out......
john in belfast wrote (535 days ago):
@ hevs in belfast an injured animal is no joking matter grow up
Liambo in Belfast wrote (536 days ago):
That dog has more Loyalty in his body than all those super Loyalists combined.
maggie in north west wrote (536 days ago):
How does it always be the loyalists are getting the blame. When the Orange parade riots from republicans. the loyalists get the blame. When the Disidents march showing strength. All the loyalists get the blame. They have no rights when it comes to Republicans putting on a show. When you get two sides that clash it is the officers that get hurt. Why not just let the dogs sort this out.
hevs in belfast wrote (537 days ago):
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