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Wounded police dog continues rehabilitation

Wounded police dog improves dramatically

Bosco the police dogBosco, a Zanesville, Ohio police K-9, continues to undergo physical rehabilitation in the Canine Rehabilitation unit in The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital. Bosco was shot on Sunday, August 23, when Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. Officer Schiele was shot in the leg and was treated and released from Grant Hospital. Bosco was shot through the neck and suffered multiple injuries.

Recovery Updates

  • May 4, 2010
    • Bosco continues to come in for two days of therapy every other week. He has made great progress since his devastating injury last fall. During his rehabilitation sessions, Bosco walks on the treadmill and performs other exercises in order to fine tune his agility and balance. Local ABC affiliate Channel 6 visited Bosco during his therapy session on May 4th. Watch the video (starts/ends with a commercial)
  • February 3, 2010
    • Since the holidays, Bosco has been coming in approximately twice a week to the Veterinary Hospital for standard rehabilitation therapy. He walks on the water treadmill and performs other exercises to reinforce his balance and coordination and to strengthen his right leg, which is still experiencing some weakness. Overall, he is doing great, and he has a tremendous amount of energy that is evident as he pulls vigorously on his leash upon entering our doorfs. Everyone is extremely pleased with how far he has come since his injury last year.
  • Bosco is doing well and will be spending Thanksgiving home with his family! View the Bosco feature from Channel 6.
  • November 5, 2009
    • Bosco in the rehab room happy to be done with his therapy for the dayBosco is doing great and is getting stronger every day. He still comes in three days a week for rehabilitation sessions and enjoys seeing the friends he has made at the hospital over the past few months. He eagerly jumps and plants his front paws on the reception counter to receive a dog treat from the reception staff as soon as he arrives. He continues walking on the water treadmill and performing other exercises to try to strengthen his right leg, which is still a bit weak. Therefore, we are working with him to distribute his weight evenly instead of bearing more weight on the left front leg. His therapists are very pleased with his progress.
  • October 13, 2009
    • As seen in this video, Bosco walks comfortably on the underwater treadmill as part of his physical therapy. As opposed to a "dry" or "land" treadmill, the water in the treadmill tank, a soothing 94 degrees, supports his entire weight; thus it is less stressful on his joints. The only challenge is that Bosco likes drinking the water as he walks! After the walking exercise is over, we turn on the water jets so he receives an invigorating massage.
  • October 9, 2009
    • Today, Bosco completed his therapy for the week and headed home to relax. Tracy Marsh, certified canine rehabilitation technician, explained that he continues to gain strength and is only in rehabilitation three days per week. Check back on Tuesday, October 13 to watch video of Bosco in the water treadmill. Thank you for your continuing interest is Bosco's recovery. For more information about the Emergency and Critical Care service that cared for Bosco when he arrived at the Veterinary Hospital in August, you can read the article: Team Approach to Emergency and Critical Care Saves Lives.
  • October 1, 2009
    • On Thursday, October 1st, Bosco and Officer Schiele made a live appearance on Channel 10 news. Bosco walked into the TV studio confidently and did not seem to be fazed by the camera. View the video of the interview. No doubt Bosco won over more hearts after his appearance on the program. His therapists continue to focus on increasing his strength and balance in his front legs since he still stumbles, but he is showing improvements every day.
    • In the past week, Bosco has been featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder, WBNS-TV, plus a live appearance on WBNS-TV with Officer Schiele, the Lantern on September 28 and October 1, and WCMH-TV.
  • September 28, 2009
    • Initially paralyzed from the neck down, Bosco can now stand on his own and take a few steps. Media are invited to see Bosco during his rehabilitation session on Wednesday, September 30 at 10 a.m. at the Veterinary Medical Center, 601 Vernon Tharp St. Veterinarians and rehabilitation technicians will be available to answer questions. In fair weather, his session will take place outside, on the Coffey Road side of the medical center, which is located on the corner of Vernon Tharp and Coffey Road. In case of rain, media will be escorted to the Canine Rehabilitation room. More information: Melissa Weber (614) 292-3752, cell (614) 327-6024 or Kristine McComis (614) 688-3517.
  • September 24, 2009
    • We are happy to report that Bosco can get up and stand on his own. He is also walking short distances with no assistance. As seen in this video{{IconWMV}}, he continues with his daily therapy which includes walking around cones and other obstacles, although sometimes he tries to cheat! After these exercises, he takes a well-deserved nap.
  • September 21, 2009
    • Bosco went home to Zanesville Thursday night for a fundraiser and stayed the entire weekend with his family, which he truly enjoyed! He is back in the medical center this week to continue with daily therapy but will be allowed to go home on weekends. The main focus of his therapy is working on his balance. Although his front legs buckle now and then, he is making progress walking on a leash and a harness.
  • September 17, 2009
    • Dr. Amy Butler reported that Bosco has been a little lazy the past two days, until he started chasing a squirrel while outside on Wednesday! As seen in this video{{IconWMV}}, he is starting to move his front limbs fairly well. He just needs a bit of support when he walks, but he is placing the forelimbs and starting to bear even more weight while walking. He also wagged his tail for the very first time!
  • September 14, 2009
    • Bosco is getting stronger every day. He can easily get himself to a sternal position from both sides. As you can see from this video{{IconWMV}}, once he is lifted up, he has been able to stand on his own, as well. Bosco's attitude remains superb, and we continue to see some forelimb movement. He enjoys his therapy sessions outside in the beautiful fall weather. He also spends a lot of time in the canine rehabilitation room with his therapists and other dogs, so he never lacks for company or attention. Bosco's official police portrait is displayed at the medical center's front desk and generates many well-wishes from clients and visitors.
  • September 8, 2009
    • Bosco sitting in his new runBosco continues to make progress in his recovery. We are pleased to report that he has now been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit. He is able to prop himself up and is beginning to move his front limbs. His appetite and spirits remain very good. Bosco's daily rehabilitation therapy sessions clearly have made a positive impact. Bosco has been receiving many "get well" cards, and the entire patient care team appreciates the animal-loving public's interest and support during his stay here at the medical center.
  • September 3, 2009
    • Bosco continues his rehabilitation twice a day. His exercises include work on a large balancing ball{{IconWMV}}. Tracy Marsh, RVT and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner demonstrates that like many dogs, Bosco can be motivated by food treats. Bosco's movement is assisted by Amanda Waln, RVT. The following video shows Bosco working in the water treadmill{{IconWMV}} in the canine rehabilitation unit located in the Veterinary Medical Center.
  • September 1, 2009
    • Bosco receiving a rest after physical therapyDr. Amy Butler, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, reported that Bosco continues to improve and is very pleased with his progress. Bosco has more strength and has shown a little movement in his front legs. He is taking steps with his back legs and can stand with sling support. Bosco undergoes rehabilitation sessions three times a day and his exercises are focusing on improving his strength, balance and confidence. He can now go to the bathroom on his own. "He is ahead of where we thought he would be at this point," Dr. Butler said.

      Bosco receiving physical therapyBosco receiving physical therapyIt is possible that Bosco may be moved out of the ICU by the end of the week. It is anticipated he will be in the Medical Center several more weeks as he continues with his daily therapy.

  • August 28, 2009
    • Bosco receiving physical therapyBosco is continuing with several rehabilitation therapy sessions a day and has made some progress. Today's session went very well, as Bosco, while supported by a sling, took six steps using his back legs. He has also urinated on his own. He is still unable to move his front legs but he looks much brighter, is eating well, and is more alert.
    • Bosco receiving physical therapyBosco's story has been featured on several local television news stations and newspapers. Watch the video posted on Channel 10 news.
  • August 26
    • Bosco, a Zanesville, Ohio police K-9, remains in The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center's critical care unit as he recovers from two gunshot wounds. Bosco was shot on Sunday, August 23, when Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. Officer Schiele was shot in the leg and was treated and released from Grant Hospital. Bosco was shot through the neck and suffered multiple injuries. He is currently paralyzed, although he does have some movement in his back legs. After several days of supportive and medical care with pain management, Bosco has shown some slight improvement. He has eaten a little on his own and has started daily rehabilitation sessions in hopes of regaining more movement as his body starts healing from its wounds. Monitored 24 hours a day, Bosco is surrounded by compassionate and dedicated caregivers and has received an outpouring of support from the Zanesville and local police departments as well as the concerned public.

The Zanesville K-9 Unit is paid for entirely by donations. People wishing to contribute to Bosco's care can send donations to the Zanesville Police Department, K-9 Fund, 332 South St. Zanesville, OH 43701.

The Columbus FOP has also established a fund for his care; those interested in contributing can visit any National City bank and make a donation to the K-9 Bosco FOP Relief Fund.

Our thanks to everyone for their continued support and concern.

The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center is open 24 hours, seven days a week for emergencies and critical care.

Written by Kristine McComis (Posted by Michelle Fehribach)


About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.   


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