K9 shot in the line of duty returns to work


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A 7-year-old K-9 Officer has returned to work here at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office after the animal was shot in the line of duty.

Lt. Crouse with the sheriff’s office says Tess is excited to be back to work alongside her handler Deputy Graf. “She’s doing as well as can be expected, but she has tentatively been released back to duty,” said Crouse.

Tess was shot in the head after a high-speed police chase through St. George and Santa Clara.

Deputies say the suspect Alvie Grover, 55, shot Tess after crashing into a carport.

“Right side of her jaw, this side, and it came out the back of her neck,” said Crouse.

She was flown down to Las Vegas where she had to undergo treatment for two gun shots wounds. Tess had surgery in Las Vegas, and although back to light duty, Lt. Crouse says she is still on the mend.

“So right now, they’re going to start working on Narcotics detection work and see how she does with that, and gradually move back to patrol certification,” said Crouse.

Tess is still being monitored by her vet, but they say she should make a full recovery.

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