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San Diego police K9 stabbed in line of duty

In Animal News on March 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Friday started like a normal day for San Diego Police Sergeant Jess Havin and his partner of five years, Earp, but the day ended in an unimaginable way. Havin, a K-9 officer, was radioed to a domestic dispute, and Earp, an 8-year-old German Shepard, was by his side.

According to SignOnSanDiego.com, Earp, for the first time in his career, was ordered to bite the perpetrator. Earp approached William Bradley who was still holding the knife he used to kill his wife, when Bradley stabbed Earp in the throat. Two officers then shot Bradley to death after turning his attention to them.

Havin picked up his bloody partner, and quickly carried him to their car. It took Havin one minute to escape from the house, and with sirens blaring and lights flashing, drove eight miles in five minutes to the VCA Main Street Animal Hospital, where veterinarians were waiting to treat Earp.

One of Earp’s carotid arteries was severed and had to be repaired, so blood could continue to flow to his brain.

Earp is one month away from retirement, and is on a 14-day mandatory leave after his attack. Before Friday Earp had only scared people and searched for guns or drugs.

Upon retirement Earp will live with Havin in Alpine, CA.

Earp is stable and is recovering at Havin’s house.

Amanda Degard

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