TUCSON POLICE K9 STABBED, WILL RECOVER
Tucson Police Department K9 "Blitz" expected to make full recovery after being stabbed in the neck multiple times while apprehending suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery. Even though "Blitz" was stabbed and continued to be stabbed, he refused to let go of the suspect and held onto him until he was taken into custody. GREAT JOB "BLITZ!"
We are sharing this story from our ALECA K9 partners at the Tucson Police Department K9 Unit. Please give it a read, then head over to Tucson Police K9 and “like / follow” their page and share your thoughts for K9 “Blitz, his handler, the Officers, Detectives, and SWAT Members from The Tucson Police Department and Deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department who were involved in this arrest, including The Pima County Air Support Unit.
This is a great example of Law Enforcement Teamwork in coming together from several divisions and agencies to take a dangerous felon off the street.
And a big SHOUT OUT to VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona for their emergency medical care of K9 “Blitz.” WELL DONE AND THANK YOU!!
From your bothers and sisters here at ALECA, GREAT JOB TPD! We're grateful "Blitz" is on the mend and we are looking forward to seeing you all in July!
Early this morning K9 Blitz was called in to assist the SWAT team as they attempted to arrest a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery. With the assistance of Robbery Detectives, Ops East CRT, and Pima County Air Support the suspect was located near Grant and Swan. When confronted by SWAT the suspect ran away. K9 Blitz chased the suspect nearly a block before apprehending him. During the apprehension the suspect stabbed K9 Blitz in the neck multiple times. Despite being wounded Blitz refused to give up and held onto the suspect until SWAT Officers could catch up and detain the suspect.
K9 Blitz was rushed to VCA Valley Animal Hospital And Emergency Center where he received emergency care. Fortunately K9 Blitz’s injuries were not life threatening and he’s expected to make a full recovery.
We’d like to thank the professionals at Valley Animal Hospital for the excellent care they provided Blitz. We’d also like to thank our Robbery Unit for relentlessly working this case and charging the suspect with assaulting Blitz.
This incident is a reminder of how dangerous this job can be for our Officers and K9’s. Please join our unit in giving K9 Blitz a “Good Boy”. After all... that’s all he ever asks for.