Heartwarming details have emerged from the US of a police dog handler sleeping by the side of his seriously wounded dog after being admitted to a veterinary hospital following several stabs wound
On 8th April, Green Bay Police Department shared a post confirming that ‘K9 Pyro’ had been stabbed three times in the neck.
Pyro was given life-saving first aid by officers on the scene who managed to stem the flow of blood from the knife wounds.
Pyro was then rushed to a nearby veterinary hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to his neck.
A spokesperson for Green Bay Police Department said:
‘Dr Ryan Demianiuk performed surgery to repair multiple soft tissue injuries to his neck and his esophagus.
‘Pyro recieved blood and plasma transfusions and a temporary tracheostomy. Pyro did suffer a complication of a twisted stomach called a GDV.
The stabbing occurred after officers were called to a domestic incident where a male had threatened to “shoot his dad with a 9mm handgun”.
After a short standoff, the suspect ran towards the officers whilst reaching for a knife that was concealed in his waistband.
Officers initially took up a defensive posture and K9 Pyro was released by his handler, Officer Scott Salzmann, in order to try and subdue the male.
K9 Pyro ran towards the male and managed to bite the suspect on his upper left arm.
The suspect, Sai Vang, then grabbed the knife from his waistband, described as a ‘large boning-style knife’ and repeatedly stabbed K9 Pyro in the neck.
In the latest update on K9 Pyro’s condition, a spokesperson for the Police Department said:
‘Green Bay Police Department K9 Pyro continues to rehabilitate at the Animal Referral Center in Appleton. Pyro is receiving around the clock care by the medical staff.
‘Pyro’s handler, Officer Scott Salzmann remains by his side and has been sleeping at the Animal Referral Center for the past few days so he can be close to his canine partner and assist with his care as much as possible.
‘Having his partner close and keeping Pyro calm is especially important during these critical steps in his recovery.
‘Mayor Jim Schmitt along with Chief Andrew Smith visited Pyro at the medical facility Tuesday afternoon.
‘Pyro was able to get up, walk outside and enjoy the Wisconsin sunshine for a few minutes. Pyro still has a feeding tube,
Mayor Jim Schmitt presented Pyro with a very rare “Key to the City” for his heroic action and for his service to the Green Bay community.
“I am profoundly impressed by the top quality medical care Pyro is receiving at the Animal Referral Center,” said Green Bay Chief Andrew Smith. “It is truly state of the art, with highly trained and dedicated animal care professionals. I know Pyro is receiving the best treatment possible.”
We will continue to update the community on Pyro’s progress. Thank you so much to everyone for your support and your prayers.
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