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K-9 Thor recovering after emergency surgery

K-9 Thor is moving around following a stab wound and emergency surgery. (Source: STPSO) K-9 Thor is moving around following a stab wound and emergency surgery. (Source: STPSO)

Thor doing well.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 was attacked and stabbed with a knife Tuesday while in pursuit of a burglary suspect.

Deputies located the suspect, Darien Greenwood, 30, of Covington, near Interstate 12 and Highway 59 in a barn after an hours-long search. He jumped from from a pile of debris and tried to attack a deputy, officers said. When Thor tried to intervene, the suspect stabbed the dog in the neck and shoulder with a switchblade.

Deputies shot Greenwood, who later died at an area hospital. Another person, Dean Perkins, was also arrested.

Doctors performed emergency surgery Tuesday night and performed a blood transfusion due to the amount of blood Thor lost.

Another surgery was performed Wednesday around noon.

Sheriff Jack Strain said he was still a little down and out after the surgery. However, Thor is walking around and seems to be doing better.

"He somewhat out of it. We are hopeful that after the surgery, he will recover fully. We are still hopeful that he will be able to return to duty soon, rather than later, but as doctors told me before we walked in here, will take it day-by-day," Strain said.

Doctors had to insert a drain tube, but once it is removed, he will be able to go home to a handler. There was only one skin wound, but a lot of muscle damage.

Strain said there has been an outpouring of support for Thor from around the world. More than 700,000 people have liked or shared his story since the incident.

Thor has been on active duty for two years.

This is not the first time Thor was almost killed by a suspect. Strain said Thor was trying to apprehend a burglary suspect last year when the man grabbed the dog and jumped into a river trying to drown him.

At the time, Thor's handler dove in and saved him. Tuesday, Thor returned the favor saving the life of his partner.

Mobile viewers can see a slideshow of Thor here.

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