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Police dog's family stays loyal to him after he was paralyzed in line of duty

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | May 29, 2012 | Comments (4)

Major was paralyzed while at work and adopted by his family afterwards

Police officer John Jorgensen is headed back to work with his K-9 unit, a year-and-a-half after his partner dog was stabbed and paralyzed in the line of duty.

Major, a German Shepherd Dog, was stabbed four times by a burglary suspect he pursued in Roseville, Minnesota. Despite rehabilitation, he remained paralyzed and was retired from the force. Jorgensen's wife Heather said putting Major down was never considered. "Oh, no. [That] wasn't an option, even. He's part of our family."

Jorgensen purchased Major from the city of Roseville for a dollar. Major now gets around with a wheelchair and happily awaits his daily walks. He and Jorgensen also recently testified to help change legislation which will make it a felony to intentionally harm a police dog.

As Jorgensen trains with his new partner Otis, he said the experience is bittersweet. Both Otis and Major now live with the Jorgensens. "My son thinks every police officer has two police dogs at home. He's spoiled," laughed John Jorgensen. "We're fortunate that Major survived and I think my family is happy I get to work with another police dog too."


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Comments on this Article

as far as i can see this dog is an officer of law and as such the evil SOB who stabbed him should be charged with attempted murder
It is a shame that Minnesota didn't have legislation in place prior to Major’s attack and subsequent wounding, that way the perpetrator could have more thoroughly and adequately enjoyed the States hospitality and benefits. Anyway, it is pleasing to see Major is doing well and while he doesn’t seem to like goofing off all that much, hopefully when Otis is able to join him indoors, they’ll “talk it over” and things will be okay for everyone. BTW. Major is one good looking dog.
The penalty for hurting a K9 animal should be the same as hurting a police person. I would like to stab the person that did this to Major. Thank god he has a loving family.
[That] wasn't an option, even. He's part of our family
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