Brave K9 cop fights for his life after being shot three times
K9 policemen work hard at their jobs and sometimes they put their own lives on the line to stay loyal to their teammates. K9 Huk is a brave member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) who recently needed emergency veterinary care.
K9 Huk was just doing his job when he was shot by a suspect three times, so the community calls him a hero. After more than a week of recovery, things are looking positive for Huk. His human colleagues believe that Huk’s training and quick thinking helped save his life.
A near-death experience
Huk aided the JSO’s SWAT team in many dangerous tasks, including shooting down a murder suspect and an armed hostage taker. The strong pup was unstoppable until a recent situation left him in critical condition.
Officers freed Huk during a standoff with three armed suspects after a car crash and shooting near the Jacksonville Zoo. One of the suspects shot Huk and hit him three times. As soon as the suspect fired his gun at the dog, Jacksonville officers fired the suspect.
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Two of the suspects are deceased, but their cause of death has not been confirmed. The third surrendered and had to be sent to hospital. They were later charged with possession of methamphetamines. It is unknown if the surviving suspect is the one who shot Huk.
Huk had serious injuries and had to be airlifted to First Coast Veterinary Emergency for surgery.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the officers on site and that, you know, they provided excellent, excellent service to Huk – and all of the support staff from aviation down to the veterinary office that looks after of him,” said Matthew Casey, a police trainer.
Huk’s Road to Recovery
Huk was stable after his surgery, but he had a long way to go after that. He had orthopedic injuries and soft tissue damage in several parts of his body. He underwent several additional surgeries after further examination. Now he takes painkillers while he relaxes and regains his strength. He used to protect others, but now it’s his turn to be taken care of.
First Coast Veterinary Emergency is keeping its followers updated on Huk’s condition. He’s not happy with the “cone of shame”, but he’s making a lot of progress. The staff members gave her lots of love, affection and fresh air to help lift her spirits.
“In the wee hours of the night, Huk approached one of our nurses and snuck her a kiss!” First Coast Veterinary Emergency wrote in an update. “First Coast Vet nurses and doctors are known for providing more than just medical care to their patients. They give them security and make them feel at home. They take time out of their busy day and night to cuddle!
Huk will continue to take as long as he needs to recover. Fortunately, he has a lot of people who support him and give him love. Despite everything he’s been through, he’s in good spirits.
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