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Police K-9 improving after being stabbed

Pittsburgh Police Dept.

Update 1/30/14 2:55 p.m. (PST): According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rocco's condition has deteriorated this afternoon.

A canine with the Pittsburgh Police Department, who was stabbed earlier this week, is showing signs of improvement, reported Thursday's Trib Live News.

On Tuesday night, the eight-year-old German shepherd, named "Rocco," was seriously injured after John L. Rush, who was wanted on bench arrests, repeatedly stabbed him with a pocket knife during an arrest at a Lawrenceville, Penn., building.

The stabbing left Rocco with torn back muscles, an injured bone in his spine and a lacerated kidney.

After blood transfusions and surgery, veterinarians at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty Emergency Center have reported that Rocco's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

Rocco's veterinary expenses are being covered by the city and a fund has been established by the Fraternal Order of Police to help defray those costs.

The 21-year-old man accused of stabbing Rocco also stabbed Rocco's handler, and injured two other police officers on Tuesday night.

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