Wounded K9 officer released from the ICU after nine days

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 8:25 AM CDT
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WAFF) - A K9 officer, who was shot in the line of duty, thankfully survived his injuries after he was shot in the line of duty.

Joker works for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. On September 22nd at 1:40 a.m., Joker was shot after responding to an auto burglary at an apartment complex. As law enforcement found the stolen vehicle, Joker was released by his handler. After he found the suspect, Joker was shot multiple times, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. The gunshots were heard by deputies and they found him in a thickly wooded area.

Joker was rushed to the Animal Emergency and Speciality Center in Chattanooga. While the situation seemed bleak to many, hospital staff said Joker was responding well to the treatment.

“He is an extremely strong patient who is being incredibly tolerant with his doctors and nurses,” according to his medical summary.

Several days later, Joker was still in serious condition and deputies worried his condition could worsen but on September 28th, Joker got to have his first day outside in almost a week.

Deputies said Joker needs to rest for at least five to 12 weeks, had to go home with a feeding tube and would have to be reevaluated to see if he is a viable candidate for jaw reconstructive surgery.

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Posted by Bradley County Sheriff's Office TN on Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Finally, after nine days of intensive care, Joker was released from the hospital on September 29th. The K9 officer was able to walk out on his own but hospital staff said he still has a long way to go but he will be able to recover at home. Deputies say that every day he is showing signs of improvement.

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The family has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with Joker’s medical and aftercare bills. It has already raised more than $6,000. If you would like to donate, you can visit the website here. You can also visit the website for the Animal Emergency & Speciality Center of Chattannoogs here.

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