A Worcester, Massachusetts, police K-9 is recovering after a suspect stabbed the canine in the head with a screwdriver.

Police responded to the scene Saturday morning after receiving reports of a man threatening to stab bus drivers and set them ablaze. Upon arrival, the officers found the man hiding behind shrubs. The unidentified man ignored police orders to come out of the bushes and instead threatened to hurt them.

After waiting for a while, the officers called K-9 Officer Dan Pennellatore to the scene along with Beebs, his K-9 partner. Police released the canine to help catch the suspect after he continued to threaten them. However, when the canine went into the bushes, the suspect stabbed it multiple times in the head with a screwdriver. The officers managed to remove the man from the bushes and took him into custody.

The canine was rushed to a nearby animal hospital with several wounds to the head. The canine had also suffered a cut to his mouth. The canine has since been discharged from the hospital and was recovering with treatment at home.

Police said the K-9, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, had been with the department for over two years. Meanwhile, according to reports, the suspect will soon be evaluated to check if he is fit to stand trial.

In a similar incident in England’s Staffordshire last month, a suspect stabbed a police dog as officers tried to arrest him. Police arrived at the scene after receiving reports of an armed man. When the officers tried to take the man into custody, the dog was stabbed in the head with a knife. The canine was rushed to a local animal hospital where he was listed stable after treatment. The dog’s handler was also hurt in the attack.

Talking about the incident, Chief inspector Donna Harvey had said, "Our thoughts are with the dog and his handler at this time.”