Police dog who was shot in the head received an award for bravery

Logan never got a paw wrong (Image: Thin Blue Paw Foundation)

Logan never got a paw wrong (Image: Thin Blue Paw Foundation)

A police dog who survived multiple headshots has been honored with a major award.

German shepherd Logan has ‘never gotten a paw wrong’ in his seven and a half years of service with Humberside Police.

Yesterday he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Thin Blue Paw Awards.

The now-retired handler’s handler, PC Ian Sweeney, praised his partner for saving lives.

“Logan is my soulmate and I’m so proud of him for everything he’s accomplished,” said Mr Sweeney, 52.

“Logan has assisted with hundreds of leads and arrests, saved countless lives, helped keep the peace at events and kept the public safe.

“This award is very special as it encompasses everything he has done and I don’t think you ever really believe you will achieve anything like that.

Handler and owner PC Ian Sweeney from Humberside Police was lavishly praised the now retired dog (Image: Thin Blue Paw Foundation)

“I am still incredibly shocked, overwhelmed and overjoyed!”

Logan, now eight, was once shot three times in the mouth and head while trying to protect his handler. Miraculously, he survived after sustaining only superficial injuries.

The dog was previously honored with the Heart of the Community Award along with the North East Region 2 National Bravery Award for dedicated service on duty.

Logan joined Humberside Police in January 2015 as a 10 month old dog from the South Yorkshire Police breeding programme.

Logan survived three shots in the head (Image: Thin Blue Paw Foundation)

He had no training when he worked with Mr Sweeney. But in 2017, he also qualified as a firearms assistance dog.

Mr Sweeney, from North East Lincolnshire, added: “It normally takes around 13 weeks to train a general purpose police dog, but it took Logan just eight weeks to be trained and licensed and we hit the road in May 2015.
“He was a natural with his scent detection and tracking, I’ve never known a dog like him.

“He had an impeccable career, he was very diverse, and he always passed all his tests and never made a mistake. He was the dream dog.”
Superintendent Lee Edwards added: “It is an incredible honor for one of our retired police dogs to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“This unique achievement recognizes the hard work, dedication, dedication, skill and ability of RPD Logan for the Humberside Police Force.”

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