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.

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