Dogs would do anything for their human companions, and when one Florida police officer was about to be shot while chasing a suspect, his K-9 partner didn’t hesitate to jump in the way to save his life.
This past Friday night, deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spotted a wanted man and chased him when he tried to flee until he crashed his vehicle. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was trying to approach the suspect when he started firing his gun in the cop’s direction.
However, before one of the bullets had a chance to hit Bradshaw, his K-9 partner Casper jumped in the way and took the bullet to save his life. Thankfully, Casper wasn’t killed instantly and he was rushed to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible. “Casper came into us last night after suffering a gunshot wound in the left hip. He was stable when he arrived. Once we determined that the bullet had not harmed any internal organs, we proceeded to remove the bullet surgically,” said Michele Tucker, a vet with the Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists.
After the bullet was removed in surgery, Casper was taken to rest overnight, but the very next day he shocked everyone with his progress when he was back on his feet and walking around. “He has recovered well from anesthesia. He’s on antibiotics,” Tucker said. “We’re just happy that this is not a significant trauma and thankful that he’s done well and appreciative for all that he’s done for the county.”
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible moment this heroic dog got to go home.
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