A police dog is being treated for a stab wound after being attacked in Hanley.
Officers were called to a report of a man armed with a knife on Town Road at around 2.15pm this afternoon (1 July).
The dog - PD Audi - received a stab wound to the head as officers tried to detain the suspect.
He is now in a stable condition.
A police officer was also injured during the incident.
The detained man is believed to have suffered a 'medical emergency', and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
Chief Inspector Donna Harvey from Staffordshire Police said: "Police dogs are our family, not property, and our thoughts are with the dog and his handler at this time."
An investigation has commenced and officers are appealing for witnesses to ring 101 quoting incident 469 of 1 July.