Hero Award: Major Recognition for Injured Police Dog

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Update July 20, 2011.
Major has added another award to his growing collection: he has just been presented a Medal of Valor from the Minneapolis Canine Unit.

On Nov. 12, 2010, Major was stabbed in the spine while searching for suspects in a Maplewood burglary, leaving him permanently disabled.

In February, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association honored Major the dog with its “Hero” award at the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar presented the award. The incident has prompted the Minnesota Legislature to propose increasing penalties for anyone who hurts or kills law enforcement dogs.

View the ceremony in it’s entirety here, but keep a few tissues handy – seeing Major roll up to the stage to receive his award left me wrecked. This is the quintessential, selfless dog hero.  ♥

64 thoughts on “Hero Award: Major Recognition for Injured Police Dog”

  1. Let’s hear it fur MinnieSNOWda!

    What a handsome hero!

    PeeEssWoo: Mom says it is so nice to see the normal lady from MN!

  2. Oh, that kiss was the best. What a handsome hero!!!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you from all of us.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. My hometown. Major is a hero for sure. Until I saw the picture and video in your post I hadn’t known he had been paralyzed. That makes me sad, but I am so glad he is being honored for his hard work and dedication.

  4. As a Police Officer here in the State of Missouri, This touched my heart. God Bless You Major and his handler. Much love from the State of Missouri Police Officers.


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