By Luke Kenton
This Courageous K9 Police Pup, who was shot in the paw serving in the line of duty, has made an incredible recovery to rejoin the front-line and serve his community once more.
The loyal Dutch Shepard, Mikey, had served for three of his six years of life with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, in California, USA, before suffering a vicious injury on July 18th, 2017.
Leading the line on a SWAT apartment raid, the brave K9 was suddenly charged by two pit bulls, who began attacking Mikey.
Attempting to save Mikey from further injury, one of the officers opened fire on the vicious dogs – but one of the bullets accidentally struck six-year-old Mikey on his front paw, causing a severe injury.
With amputation of his entire leg a real possibility, it was thought Mikey would never be able to serve in the police force again.
But despite losing two of his toes to the wound, incredibly, Mikey made a full recovery, returning to the front line on November 29th.
Handler, Officer Jerry Kitchens, said: “The bond you have with your animal, once that is broken or you see him get injured, that does take a toll on you – it’s like a punch in the gut.
“I loved seeing Mike back. Once we saw the tissue starting to heal, that’s when we knew Mike would be returning to service.
“But the only real way we would be able to tell was to put him through the paces and tests we do for all our canines.
“Mike was able to complete all of those tasks without injury or hesitation.”