Two police dogs, shot in separate incidents hundreds of miles apart are recovering nicely from their wounds, according to reports.
Canine Officer Blade was shot while chasing a black suspect who was subsequently killed by police.
GARY, Ind. (WLS) — A police dog wounded in a shootout in Gary, Ind., last month got new X-rays Tuesday.
Blade, a 6-year-old Dutch shepherd with four years on the Lake County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Unit, was injured in January during a traffic stop in the 700-block of 42nd Avenue.
Blade underwent two successful surgeries after being shot in the face, taking a bullet for his partner. He had a checkup and X-rays Tuesday at the Purdue Animal Hospital in West Lafayette to see how his jaw is healing.
Blade was brought in for his four week recheck Tuesday, when specialists assessed the healing of his fractured jaw. Doctors say all his skin incisions have healed very nicely and his hair is already growing back, so he is beginning to look like his “good old self.”
X-rays showed the jaw fracture is healing appropriately and there are no signs of any problems with the bone plates that had been implanted to repair his jaw, doctors said.
Blade will be brought in again in four weeks to repeat the X-rays to ensure the healing has continued to progress, doctors said.
Blade is still going through medical procedures and will not officially retire until he is fully healed and evaluated. Blade will visit Canada with his breeders and trainers next month.
During a foot chase, Blade and an officer followed Marquis Thomas down an alley to railroad tracks, where he fired shots at the officer and struck the police dog. The officer returned fire and struck Thomas. Thomas, 18, of Merrillville, died of his wounds, according to Indiana State Police.
Canine Officer Jake was shot twice by a Latino police officer after Jake mistook him for a suspect during a chase and bit him.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Houston police say an officer shot a K-9 after the dog attacked him during a chase Wednesday afternoon in north Houston.
The animal will recover, but because of his age, the K-9 will have to retire, police said.
The incident occurred around noon Wednesday in the 1500 block of Gears Road, not far from Ella and Beltway 8.
Police were patrolling an apartment complex in north Houston for a stolen vehicle involved in an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
They tried to make an arrest at a nearby McDonald’s, but police say the suspects sped off in the stolen vehicle.
A short chase began, and the stolen vehicle rammed into the K-9 officer’s car. The chase ended in a field, and both suspects ran from the scene. Two suspects — a male juvenile and a female juvenile — were arrested. The female juvenile was found to have a gun, police said.
Officials say during the chase, the K-9 attacked one of the officers, latching onto his thigh. Authorities say the dog would not let go, and the officer shot the dog twice.
Officer Castillo, an 8-year veteran with HPD, was taken to Houston Northwest Medical Center with dog bite injuries.
Jake, the K-9, was transported to Aldine Bender Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery. After surgery, the K-9 was transported to BluePearl Veterinary Hospital where he is recovering.
Police say at this time, it is unclear whether the officer thought it was a stray dog or a police dog latching onto his thigh.
Maybe it’s just me, but to my mind there is a moral question about putting dogs in situations where they can be shot. The police have robots, drones, helicopters, and even tanks at their disposal to use in taking thugs into custody. It’s not clear to me that dogs, who have no awareness of danger, should be put into danger when other tools are available for police to use..
Dogs can be used to sniff out evidence, but beyond that, my opinion is that dogs should not be on active police duty.