When Harrisburg police K-9 Zeke was shot in the neck Friday evening in Lower Paxton Township, Pa. by a suspect police were chasing, the canine officer was flown by Penn State Hershey Life Lion Critical Care Transport helicopter to Mechanicsburg for surgery.
The two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois was stabilized and operated on early Saturday morning at the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. Zeke was reported to have had significant tissue trauma caused by the bullet wound.
According to Pennlive.com, Assistant Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo stated authorities were serving a warrant for the arrest of a suspect near Old Jonestown and Nyes roads when the suspect pulled a gun on a detective. The suspect took off and during the pursuit opened fire and shot the K-9 officer. The suspect was shot and transported to Hershey Medical Center, but died before arriving at the hospital.
The Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Center is covering all of Zeke's medical bills, and according to abc27.com will be accepting donations for animals who need emergency surgery and their owners are not able to afford the care. Called the "Animal Emergency Fund," donations can be sent to:
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center
4930 Ritter Road, Suite 101
Mechanicsburg Pa 17055
Zeke is expected to be released on Monday and will be on medical leave for a month. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Get well soon Zeke.
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