‘It’s a miracle he’s alive’: TikTok famous K-9 shot twice during a police chase is released from hospital after vet performs life-saving surgery to remove bullet that shattered his vertebrae, chipped his shoulder and lodged in his neck
- A Thurston County K-9 named Arlo was shot twice during a police chase last Wednesday
- The dog was rushed to a veterinary hospital where doctors worked through the night to remove the bullets, one of which had lodged deep near his neck
- Arlo was released from hospital on Monday, with his handler, Det. Tyler Turpin, sharing footage of the emotional moment on TikTok
- Turpin has been sharing videos of Arlo on the social media site for more than a year, and the K-9 has amassed more than 1.5 million followers
- Arlo is now likely to suffer from arthritis because of the damage the bullet has done to his neck and shoulders
- Arlo will not return to active duty, but his handler will continue to share videos on TikTok, much to the delight of his followers
A Washington state police dog has been released from hospital after being shot twice during a high-speed chase.
The three-year-old K-9, named Arlo, was critically injured following the shooting, which took place in Thurston County last Thursday.
A 25-year-old suspect fired twice at the German Shepherd, with one of the bullets entering near the dog’s spine, before it chipped his shoulder and lodged near his neck.
Arlo was rushed to Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine where doctors gave him a 60 percent chance of survival.
In the past year, Arlo has become one of the most famous dogs on TikTok, amassing a whopping 1.5 million followers who fawn over videos of the K-9 helping his handler Dep. Tyler Turpin solve local crimes.
Last Wednesday, the pooch’s social media followers waited nervously as he underwent life-saving surgery to remove the two bullets.
A beloved Washington state police dog named Arlo has been released from hospital after being shot twice during a high-speed chase. He is pictured prior to the shooting
Arlo was rushed to Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine where doctors gave him a 60 percent chance of survival
Dr. Jen Warnock performed the procedure on Arlo and quickly realized the severity of his injuries.
‘The C6 vertebra was shattered. The bullet missed an artery that would’ve killed him by a millimeter. It could’ve destroyed his carotid artery,’ she told Today, Oregon State University’s news website.
She addly bluntly: ‘It’s a miracle that Arlo’s still alive’.
The second bullet, located near Arlo’s neck, ‘dragged hair, dirt and debris deep into the tissue, which required extensive and careful cleaning to minimize the risk of infection’.
Arlo survived the lengthy surgery, which stretched into the night, and has subsequently floored veterinarians with his speedy recovery.
On Monday, the K-9 was released from the hospital with officers from Thurston County Sheriff’s Office lining up outside the facility as a show of support.
On Monday, the K-9 was released from the hospital with officers from Thurston County Sheriff’s Office lining up outside the facility to support the pooch
Arlo is pictured recovering from his surgery after being released from hospital on Monday
Video of the emotional moment was posted on TikTok, where it has been viewed a staggering 33.7 million times.
The clip shows his handler, Dep. Turpin, leading the limping pup out of the hospital.
Arlo is now likely to suffer from arthritis because of the damage the bullet did to his neck and shoulders.
Because the arthritis could effect Arlo’s reaction time, the pooch will not return to active duty.
It’s a loss for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, with K-9 unit supervisor, Sgt. Rod Ditrich, saying: ‘He’s an amazing dog. He is just always happy, wants to please, just an amazing animal.’
Thankfully, however, Arlo will still appear in videos on TikTok so that he can continue to delight his millions of fans.
Arlo is now likely to suffer from arthritis because of the damage the bullet did to his neck and shoulders. He is pictured in recovery on Tuesday