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Police K-9 stabbed earlier this week in Pittsburgh has died

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According to Thursday's WTAE News, the Pittsburgh Police Department canine who was stabbed earlier this week, has died.

The eight-year-old German shepherd, named "Rocco," was stabbed on Tuesday night by 21-year-old John L. Rush, who was wanted on bench arrests.

Earlier today, the grievously wounded dog, who suffered torn back muscles, an injured bone in his spine and a lacerated kidney, had been upgraded from critical to serious condition by veterinarians at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty Emergency Center.

Unfortunately, later in the day, the wounded dog began bleeding again and at 6:17 p.m. he died after going into cardiac arrest.

The 21-year-old man accused of stabbing Rocco also stabbed Rocco's handler, and injured two other police officers on Tuesday night. In addition to his current, outstanding warrants, police said Rush will also face charges of aggravated assault, burglary, possessing instruments of crime, disarming a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

Rocco had been a member of the police force since 2008.

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