Jacksonville Sheriff's K-9 Huk was shot multiple times Friday. He is recovering at First Coast Veterinary Specialists. (Photo: First Coast Veterinary Specialists) -

Jacksonville Sheriff's K-9 Huk was shot multiple times Friday. He is recovering at First Coast Veterinary Specialists. (Photo: First Coast Veterinary Specialists)

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 shot in the line of duty Friday is recovering. Veterinarians said Monday that they are trying to close a wound in his neck.

First Coast Veterinary Specialists shared photos of JSO K-9 Huk, who has been in its care since Friday afternoon when he was wounded in a shootout after a police chase on Jacksonville’s Northside. Two suspects were killed, News4JAX reports.

It was a dramatic scene as the police helicopter landed in Jacksonville Beach. First responders flew the dog across the county, rushing Huk to the emergency vet with three gunshot wounds — bullets in his neck, hind and wrist.

K-9 handlers believe training and smart thinking saved the dog’s life.

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