Boise K9 Shot in Line of Duty Saved By Dogs’ Blood Donation

Two dogs helped save an Idaho K9 officer’s life following a shooting. Jardo lost a lung as a result of his injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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A shooting in Boise, ID, last week resulted in the injury of two human officers, one of them critically. One brave K9 suffered serious wounds, as well, and two four-legged heroes are now being credited in helping save his life.

Cricket is prepped to donate blood. His contribution helped save Jardo's life. Photo: WestVet
Cricket is prepped to donate blood. His contribution helped save Jardo’s life. Photo: WestVet

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Jardo required surgery after being shot at the scene and like their human counterparts, dogs often need blood to survive. At WestVet, where Jardo was treated, a 6-year-old golden retriever named Myles and a 5-year-old pit bull named Cricket each donated blood that was used during the emergency surgery.

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“These donations save lives – and this is the same scenario which occurs with veterinarian care,” WestVet said to KBOI.

Jardo, who was shot in the chest, lost one of his lungs as a result of the trauma, but his doctors say he will likely make a full recovery (though he may be off-duty for a couple of months).

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