Police dog Major makes improvements thanks to new Animal Trauma Center

10:35 AM, Nov 25, 2010   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Roseville K-9 officer stabbed while on duty is recovering at the Animal Trauma Center at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medical Center.

"They saved Major's life. There's no doubt about that," said Roseville Officer John Jorgenson.

Major, a 9-year-old German Shepard, has been on the force with his human partner for more than seven years. The two were helping on a call in Maplewood when the dog was attacked by a suspect.

Officer Jorgenson brought Major to the Trauma Center where doctors, nurses and surgeons jumped into action to save the dog.

"He had no motor function in his hind legs for about the first week after surgery," said Dr. Nate Rose.

Two weeks later, and Major has seen some impressive improvement. He gets electric stimulation to help with muscle tone and underwater treadmill therapy to help strengthen his hind legs. He's seen a small amount of function return.

"This can be a career ending injury to him, so we'll just have to take it day by day," said Dr. Rose.

The Trauma Center is the only one of its kind in Minnesota and is acting as a model for others like it on a national level. Officer Jorgenson knows if he hadn't been able to bring Major here, this story might have had a different ending.

It will be six weeks to six months before doctors will know if Major's injuries will leave permanent damage or if he will make a full recovery.


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