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'Indestructible' Minn. K-9 Euthanized

May 06, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Roseville PD.
Photo courtesy of Roseville PD.
A Minnesota agency's police dog euthanized April 30 left a lasting legacy in law enforcement after enduring a stabbing, kicking, and near drowning.

Roseville Police Officer John Jorgensen used to call his German shepherd Major indestructible. Major was forced to retire from law enforcement in 2010, when a burglary suspect stabbed him several times, leaving his rear legs paralyzed.

Major's sacrifice will help the state's working police dogs. Officer Jorgensen pushed for harsher penalties for those who assault police dogs. In 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton signed new legislation that makes any assault resulting in substantial bodily harm to a police K-9 a felony, reports the Pioneer Press.

Tags: K-9 Units, Assaults on Officers, Legislation, Sentencing, Minnesota


Comments (6)

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Chuck @ 5/6/2013 2:56 PM

God bless you k9 and your handler. Im sorry you lost your dog

Federali @ 5/6/2013 3:06 PM

Sounds like a candidate for ODMP.ORG K-9 section. I know officers that die years later due to complications of injuries sustained in the line of duty are honored there and rightly so. Let’s do right by Major and give him his spot there too. RIP little puppy.

Nichole @ 5/7/2013 4:00 AM

I agree for harsher punishment. After all, you are assaulting an officer of the law, regardless of species. Those dogs go through just as much if not more training than human officers, spend countless hours on duty, and take the same risks as their human counterparts. They should be honored the same way and the laws regarding how they're treated and punishments for people who abuse or assault them should be the same. In many cases, if one takes a bullet, they took it instead of their handler... that should count for something.

Stan @ 5/7/2013 9:01 PM

In the 8 years on Honor Guard, I can remember doing three funeral services for K9. We recently had several dogs retired within a few months (2 died shortly afterwards) and their handlers dropped leash. So, I stepped in to fill the gap on the blue line. I spend much, much more time triaining now than I did as a line officer. Although I jokingly complain that she still refuses to text me when she finds drugs, she will do everything I ask of her.

My pup has a badge number and her actions need to be articulated in reports, just like any other officer/agent. They do the work, give them the protection. Kick the dog, go to jail.

Alfie @ 5/9/2013 11:16 PM

Some of my best police work has been with the help of a handler and his partner. You feel a connection with even though they partner another. I used to treat his partner with a burger for his great work.

I agree, hurt one of our K-9s, you should get mandatory jail time.

Lakotah @ 5/13/2013 3:53 PM

+1 on a candidate for ODMP.ORG K-9 section. How can we make this happen?

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