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A police K-9 in Oregon was in the exercise of a defendant as a porcupine crossed the dog’s path and pierced him with more than 200 stings, authorities said Monday.
Odin, the K-9 officer, was on the trail of a fleeing suspect — identified as 29-year-old Devin J. Wilson on Saturday, when he got in a tangle with the porcupine, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said. A number of the 200 spines went into the dog’s mouth and two are in the neighborhood of his eye.
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The police said that they immediately suspended search and ran Odin to a veterinarian at Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital in Coos Bay. The K-9 officer was sedated and treated for more than two hours.
K-9 officer Odin got a face-full of porcupine quills in pursuit of a suspect in the weekend. Both the accused and the porcupine will continue, police said.
(Coos County Sheriff’s Office)
“The sheriff’s office to offer their thanks to the staff of Hanson-Meekins for their dedication and professional care, but also to the public for the outpouring of support for K9 Odin,” a press release said.
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Dozens of people wanted to Odin a “speedy recovery” online. Deputies told FOX12 Oregon Odin was doing, and he rested at home, but his porcupine offender “remains large.”
The police said they are still looking Wilson, who has several felony warrants.