Fla. K-9 recovering after being shot, wounded following pursuit shootout
Months before the shooting, officers attended training that taught them emergency wound care for K-9s, which vet staff said likely saved the dog's life
By Sarah Calams
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 is recovering after being shot and wounded in a shootout following a police pursuit last week.
K-9 Huk, who suffered three gunshot wounds to his neck, hind and wrist, was flown to an emergency vet clinic after the shooting, News4Jax.com reported. Months before the shooting, JSO officers attended a K-9 training course, which taught them emergency wound care for K-9s. The instructor of that course, police trainer Matthew Casey, said some of the officers involved in helping K-9 Huk attended his course.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the officers on scene that, you know, they provided a great, great service to Huk – and all the support staff from aviation all the way down to the veterinarian office that is taking care of him,” Casey said. “This is why I do it.”
K-9 Huk remains in care at the vet clinic, where the team told News4Jax that he has a long road of recovery, including a wound to his neck they’re trying to close and heal.
Paws up for Huk & his handler! Your continued sacrifice cannot be understated, and #Jax is incredibly fortunate to be protected by such a selfless & dedicated group of human and K9 heroes! Thank you for your commitment to safety and our community! @JSOPIO @CityofJax pic.twitter.com/aSyFuA1cEf— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) July 25, 2022