A police dog caught up in a terrifying armed raid in which his handler was shot has died at the age of 13.
Courageous canine Chaos was with PC Katie Jones when she was shot in the leg at the Hospital Inn, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, on New Year’s Eve 2007.
Today PC Johnson, 33, said a tribute to Chaos was likely to take the pride of place at a police dog memorial being created at the dog unit in Hutton, near Preston
She said: “ He was wonderful. He went though something no other dog in Lancashire has ever been through and was really special. He will be sadly missed.
“He was rehomed after the robbery and I saw him once, a year later. You have to let go and allow him to move on with his life, but I kept in touch with his family.”
Gunman Wayne McDonald, formerly of Didsbury, Manchester, David Tyrell, of Factory Street, Tyldesley, Rudolf Mancini,of Division Lane, Blackpool, and the pub’s former chef Peter Plaskowski of Dean Street, Bamber Bridge, were given various jail terms for their involvement.
Chaos retired after five years and went to live with Philip and Melanie Donaghy, from Preston, and their sons Kane, 11, and Kieran, 10.
Melanie, 42, said: “ It’s awful, very upsetting. We have a Jack Russell, Lilly, and she is pining for him. He used to put her in her place.
“He was very loyal, good as gold. We knew his background but it didn’t affect his life with us, he had a good innings.”
Chao’s story lives on in a book - Beyond the Call of Duty, by Ben Ando.
PC Johnson is an ambassador for Hounds for Heroes, which provides assistance dogs to injured Armed Forces and emergency service workers.