A CANINE hero stabbed protecting a man from a mugger is back home after surgery.

Kaiser the Staffordshire bull terrier was seriously injured on Saturday, while saving Craig Cunningham from an assailant.

Mr Cunningham, 31, from Moorclose, Workington, looks after his friend’s pet dog on a regular basis and was walking the dog between 10.30pm and 11.30pm behind the Moorclose Pub when a male approached him.

Mr Cunningham said: “I saw this lad come from a back alley and he looked a bit suspect.

“He approached me and asked if I had any money, and I said I didn’t have a penny. I think he thought I was being cheeky, and he pulled out what looked like a knife.

“Anyone who knows Kaiser knows he’s a good little jumper, and when he saw the lad come for me, he jumped in between us. I’ll be honest — I ran off. I was really shaken.

“Afterwards I took Kaiser home, and because it was so dark I didn’t realise the extent of his injuries.

“It was not until the next morning that I saw how much blood he had lost. “I rushed him straight to the vet, who said that the first 24 hours would be crucial.”

Happily, Kaiser’s owner, Ryan Charters, 23, also from Moorclose, was told by the operating vet that Kaiser had come through the anaesthetic and is now resting at home.

Mr Cunningham said: “He’s been a little hero. If it wasn’t for Kaiser, I’d have been the one to get stabbed.”