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Injured police dog returns to work

By Chip Washington - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis police dog injured last month in the line of duty has returned to work.

After four weeks of rest and healing, K-9 trainer Lt. Frank Bell said, Gunner was back on the job and working Thursday night.  Gunner was stabbed at least 10 times while capturing a criminal in January.

"He's doing great," Bell said. "We tested him yesterday to see where he was physically and mentally, and he did great. I think he's tougher now than he was before."

Bell said Gunner received care from Walnut Grove Animal Hospital and Emergency Animal Center. He stressed it was important to make sure that Gunner not only healed physically, but emotionally as well.

"Yesterday we tested him to see where his apprehension skills were, and if he was still engaging, and was he kind of shy from gunfire and he's not," Bell said. "He's a tough dog."

Once the public heard about Gunner's severe injuries, Bell said, the response and support was overwhelming.

"We had so much support. We had cards, letters, numerous phone calls....it rang for three days straight. We had gifts and donations...it really helped the officer and our unit," he said.

Because of the close relationship between dog and handler, Bell said it was important that both Gunner and his handler, Officer Roosevelt Twilley, were both ready to get back to work.

Bell was pleased to say they were.

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