A police canine with the Rutherford County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office is recovering after collapsing in 90 degree weather, reported Thursday's WGNS Radio.
On Sunday, the three-year-old Belgian Malinois, named "Ely," was tracking a suspect when he became overheated and collapsed to the ground.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Sgt. Lee Young told WSMV News:
They love to work. They are smart. They are energetic. And they'll run themselves to death for you and that's what he's done,"
On Tuesday night, Ely received a blood transfusion after it was discovered that his platelets were low.
Dr. Sara Covert of Williams Animal Hospital stated:
Ely continues to improve,
“He’s eating well. We’re still monitoring him and rechecking his blood. Everything else is stabilized. We’re all ecstatic."
A dog who was surrendered by his family is responsible for Ely's life-saving blood transfusion.
The dog, named "Buddy," provided blood for the ailing police dog and he is being credited with helping save Ely's life.
Veterinarian technician Katie Love said:
He’s our little hero right now,
Buddy is looking for a home of his own - the Williams Animal Hospital is hoping to find him a family who currently has no other dogs.
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