Ely, the three-year-old Belgian Malinois K-9 officer of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office in Murfreesboro, is now on light duty as of Thursday as he slowly recovers from heat distress after collapsing over the weekend, but he owes his life to a rescue dog named Buddy.
According to kpho.com, Ely was helping his human officer companions on Sunday with a massive manhunt. With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, Ely's handler Sgt. Lee Young noticed his dog in heat distress and tried to cool him down.
Ely collapsed and was immediately transported to the Williams Animal Hospital where veterinarians said the dog's blood platelets had dropped dangerously low causing internal bleeding and damage to his intestines.
And to the rescue came Buddy, a six-year-old German shepherd mix, who was surrendered by his family because he could not get along with the smaller dog in the home. Buddy provided Ely with a life-saving blood transfusion.
Although Ely is being carefully monitored, it is everyone's hope he makes a full recovery.
Ely's handler and human companion spent hours watching over his canine friend.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office want to equip their K-9 officers with cooling vests which have become very popular. The vests come in various sizes according to the dog, and contain crystalline alkanes which are nontoxic and considered safe. After a brief cooling, the charged vest can effectively keep a dog's temperature at 80 degrees for five hours during times of excessive heat and humidity.
At this time, budget restrictions preclude the dogs from getting this protection, and the sheriff's office hopes for donations from the public to help protect these very special officers. If you would like to help the dogs get their vests, please call (615)-904-3019.
And speaking of very special dogs - Buddy, the hero of K-9 cops everywhere, needs a home. If you have room in your heart and home for this special dog, please contact Williams Animal Hospital at (615)-895-0650.
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