Ely doing some "light duty" in the dispatch center at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
A Rutherford County K-9 officer has gotten a second chance on life, thanks to another dog who is in need of rescuing, himself.
Ely, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, was helping deputies search for a shooting suspect Sunday, when he showed signs of heat distress.
Deputies gave him water and let him rest, and then let him off the lead so he could search at his own pace.
But about 50 to 60 yards later, officials say the dog wasn't doing any better and collapsed.
"I didn't believe he'll live through the night," said his handler, Sgt. Lee Young.
Ely remains under a veterinarian's care, because his blood platelets had dropped to dangerously low levels and he started to hemorrhage Monday.
But he has since made a remarkable recovery, thanks to Buddy, a 6-year-old Sheppard mix who gave a blood transfusion to Ely, which helped save his life.
"Buddy is our local hero," said Jean Lavalley, veterinarian with Williams Animal Hospital. "It really turned him around. It was the last little thing he needed to turn the corner. He doesn't even look sick now.
Buddy is now in need himself. He's in need of a forever home.
"Hopefully we can find Buddy a new home for the sacrifice he gave to us," said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.
Ely is not out of the woods yet, as his vets want to keep a close eye on him, especially in this hot weather.
In the meantime, he will be put on light duty, according to the sheriff.
"He'll be doing different tasks around the sheriff's office while he's on light duty," Arnold said.
Arnold had already outfitted the K-9 handlers' patrol vehicles with cooling sensors and said it's crucial that the department purchases cooling vests for each K-9 officer.
But since there isn't money in the budget to make that purchase, he's hoping someone is willing to donate funds to buy them.
If you are interesting in helping, contact the sheriff's office at 615-904-3019 or 940 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro.
And if you are interested in adopting Buddy or another dog at Williams Animal Hospital, located at 198 Chaffin Place in Murfreesboro, call 615-895-0650.
Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Rescue dog makes life-saving blood donation to ailing K-9 officerMore>>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:01 AM EST2013-12-09 05:01:14 GMT
An elaborate Christmas yard display at a home on Louie Street in Lake Charles is the target of a string of neighborhood vandalism after three young men vandalized the yard late Saturday night. "It takesMore >
An elaborate Christmas yard display at a home on Louie Street in Lake Charles is the target of a string of neighborhood vandalism after three young men vandalized the yard late Saturday night.
Monday, December 9 2013 6:35 AM EST2013-12-09 11:35:52 GMT
A veteran Great Lakes shipwreck hunter says he and his crew found the wreck of a wooden steamer that sank in 1861 in Lake Huron. The Detroit Free Press reports 72-year-old David Trotter of Wayne County'sMore >
A veteran Great Lakes shipwreck hunter says he and his crew found the wreck of a wooden steamer that sank in 1861 in Lake Huron.More >
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:00 AM EST2013-12-08 15:00:14 GMT
PIXLEY, CA (KMPH/CNN) – A mom in California is searching for answers after she says a teacher locked her 5-year-old daughter in a dark classroom. The mother, Hilda Salazar, says it happened on TuesdayMore >
A mom is searching for answers after she says teacher locked her 5-year-old daughter in a dark classroom.More >
Friday, December 6 2013 2:30 PM EST2013-12-06 19:30:24 GMT
Flint City Councilman Eric Mays said he won't quit his seat on the council despite calls for his resignation by city leaders following his weekend arrest for drunken driving and drug possession. On SaturdayMore >
A newly elected Flint city councilman arrested for drunken driving while cruising the wrong way down a highway with four flat tires says he won't resign his post.More >
Monday, December 9 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-12-09 16:52:20 GMT
Relatives and friends have posted fliers across Flint of a 19-year-old woman missing since early November. The Flint Journal reports that they began canvassing neighborhoods and local businesses followingMore >
Relatives and friends have posted fliers across Flint of a 19-year-old woman missing since early November.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >