A police dog based with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office (USA) suffered a major injury while pursuing a suspect in Oregon over the weekend.
Coos County Sheriff’s Office said that the police dog ‘Odin’ was searching for a suspect that had evaded officers earlier on in the day.
During a long track, PD Odin encountered a porcupine in some bushes.
Hundreds of quills punctured the dog’s face including near his mouth and his left eye.
Officers immediately rushed PD Odin to a local vet (Hansen-Meekins Animal Hospital) where he was sedated and treated for his wounds.
A statement released by Coos County Sheriff’s Office said:
‘on 20th April at approximately 18:04 hours a Coos County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a known wanted subject with several felony warrants.
‘Coos County Sheriff K9 Odin was called to the scene to conduct a criminal apprehension track for the suspect.
‘During a very long active track, Odin encountered a porcupine in the path and was struck with over 200 quills. Several of the quills went inside Odin’s mouth and two near his left eye.
‘The track was immediately suspended and Odin was rushed to the Vet at Hanses-Meekins Animal Hospital where he was sedated and treated for over two hours on the night before Easter.
‘Earlier in the day, Odin attended a “meet the public” event where he interacted with kids and the public at a local Easter egg hunt.
The Sheriffs Office would like to offer thanks to the staff at Hansen-Meekins for their dedication and professional care, as well as to the public for the outpouring of support for K9 Odin’.
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