Utah Police Dog J.J. Undergoes Chemo and Nabs Suspect

 |  Feb 28th 2007  |   4 Contributions


Thanks to Carole Anne, furmom to Dixie and Batman, for barking in this story from FoxNews.com about a very special police dog and handler!

Carol Anne wrote:

Here's an interesting story about a police dog getting chemo. The story says that the policeman is paying for the dog's treatments too.


Police Dog Nabs Suspect Despite Chemo Treatments

Salt Lake City's got one tough bloodhound.

J.J., the city's senior police dog, made his 223rd apprehension Feb. 16 despite being in the middle of cancer treatments, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with the ramming of an occupied truck when J.J. came to the rescue, the paper said. The bloodhound one of six dogs used by the department caught the suspect behind a dumpster.

"That's what J.J. lives for," said Sgt. Chris Ward, who oversees the department's K-9 charges. "That's what makes him happiest."

It was quite a feat for a dog that's been flying back and forth between Utah and New York to treat a melanoma in his mouth, getting the doggie equivalent of chemotherapy.

J.J. is a contract worker for the city, hired out by his handler, Officer Mike Serio, who is paying for the bloodhound's expensive cancer treatments.

"Mike is going to pay for [the treatment] regardless but donations have been coming from as far away as Virginia, Montana and all across the state of Utah," Ward told the paper.

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