You're invited: Hero K-9 to return home with rally Friday

You're invited: Hero K-9 to return home with rally Friday

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - What started out with just a few police officers grew into a full-fledged party for a north shore police dog.

Thor, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 stabbed with a knife while in pursuit of a burglary suspect, is coming home in style.

The STPSO is hosting a rally to welcome Thor home as he is reunited with his handler.

Thor was injured on Oct. 20 while chasing down a burglary suspect. Thor helped police track 30-year-old Darien Greenwood 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 had to perform a blood transfusion due to the amount of blood Thor lost.

Another surgery was performed Wednesday around noon. There was only one skin wound, but a lot of muscle damage according to the STPSO.

Thor has been on active duty for two years.

The rally will be held at the Justice Center in downtown Covington from noon until 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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