UPDATE: Gallia County K9 officer returns home

Jeck with Dr. Goodnight recovering from surgery The Gallia County K9 that was stabbed Friday, January 21 in the early morning hours in Vinton County was released Saturday morning from the Veterinary Medical Center. Jeck underwent surgery Friday to repair neck wounds and will be following up with his veterinarian at home. He currently has a limp of undetermined origin, which will also be monitored. His remarkable recovery is thanks in great part to his strength and conditioning, as well as the efforts of his handler and veterinary care team.

Gallia County Sheriff K9 Officer JeckJeck (pronounced "Jack") arrived at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center at 7:45 a.m. Friday, January 21 via Gallia County EMS transport. He was taken immediately to the treatment area where his condition was assessed. Emergency veterinarian Dr. Michelle Goodnight commended Jeck's handler, Sergeant Richard Harrison, Gallia County Sheriff's Department, as well as Thurman, OH veterinarian Dr. Angela Dahse for their immediate life saving treatment. Officer Harrison used his hat and gloves to apply pressure, while carrying Jeck to safety with the help of other officers. Jeck was taken to Dr. Dahse's office where he received fluids that helped to stabilize the German shepherd.

"This is an injury that could have been fatal," said Dr. Goodnight. "Everyone did the right thing to save his life."

Veterinary surgeon Dr. Mary McLoughlin explained that Jeck's surgery was uncomplicated, and he is expected to make a full recovery, possibly returning to work in about two weeks.

Jeck sustained his injuries while pursuing a suspect after Sergeant Harrison responded to a Vinton County officer's request for assistance. The suspect is also accused of stealing a police car. Inside the stolen police car was another K9 officer; that dog has been found and is healthy. The suspect, Kelly Krebs is in custody.

Gallia County SheriffIf you are interested in supporting the Emergency and Critical Care unit at the Veterinary Medical Center, please consider a donation to the "Friends of the Veterinary Medical Center" fund. More information about supporting other programs is available at our "giving" page, or by calling (614) 292-3010.

Posted: 1/21/11; updated at 6:30 p.m.;
Updated: 1/22/11, 11:30 a.m.

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