The K-9, named Hunter, was assisting the SWAT team in a standoff situation when he was allegedly stabbed twice in the neck by 27-year-old suspect Joseph Arquilla, according to KSNV.
During the alleged attack, Arquilla’s blade broke when it struck Hunter’s collar, preventing worse injuries, the department said in a Facebook post.
Arquilla was arrested for mistreating a police animal and resisting a public officer, the report said.
Hunter, a Belgian Malinois, has been on the force for seven years.
“Working is the activity that makes him the happiest,” LVMPD said in their Facebook post, “and if recovery goes well, he’ll be returning to service in a matter of weeks!”
Photos shared on social media by the department have documented the progression of Hunter’s recovery.
In the department’s latest post, Hunter appears to be moving on his own and resting up in his handler’s living room.
The pooch was given two specialized dog biscuits with the phrases “Thank you for your service” and “Get Well Hunter.”
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