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Canada 'He is good to go': Calgary police dog Jester back to work after being stabbed in head

06:41  14 september  2017
06:41  14 september  2017 Source:

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After a 6.5-week recovery, Jester the Calgary police dog returned to work Tuesday evening. He was stabbed in the head multiple times during a pursuit in late July.

After being stabbed in the head by a teen fleeing from authorities, Calgary police dog Jester appeared to be "distraught and confused" before his handler realized the seriousness of the German shepherd's injuries, court heard Monday at the boy's sentencing hearing.

'He is good to go': Calgary police dog Jester back to work after being stabbed in head © Calgary Police Service 'He is good to go': Calgary police dog Jester back to work after being stabbed in head

Jester, a Calgary police dog that touched the hearts of many after being stabbed in the head multiple times during a pursuit, is back to work.

"He is good to go," Sgt. Jim Gourley of the canine unit told CBC News Wednesday.

"He went through a number of different tests, multiple veterinarians, health checks, certifications. We really went above and beyond what we needed to do, but we wanted to ensure that he was out of the woods."

Jester reported to work Tuesday evening for the first time, post recovery.

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The German Shepherd with five years of experience on the force was left with multiple stab wounds to the head after pursuing two suspects, both minors, while responding to reports of a break-and-enter near Grant MacEwan School early in the morning of July 30.

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He will be sentenced in February. ( Calgary Police Service). Calgary police dog Jester back to work after being stabbed in head . In September, Calgary police said Jester was " good to go " and the dog returned to work .

Despite being shocked the police dog was not injured and the police confirmed there were ‘no civilians’ were in the area at the time. Hero Calgary police dog Jester returned to duty after being stabbed four times in the head (Credit: Facebook/ Calgary Police ).

Police released a graphic image of the dog's injuries and initially his odds didn't look good.

"It was a traumatic event that he went through six-and-a-half weeks ago and sustained some pretty serious injuries that we originally thought were life-threatening," Gourley explained.

"Fortunately we had phenomenal care by veterinarians and after ensuring that Jester was both physically and mentally ready to return to work he returned for his first shift Tuesday night."

'Raring to go'

Gourley said Jester was raring to go.

"Similar to an athlete who sustains an injury, [who] would be just itching to get back to their chosen sport, we saw that right from the get go, that Jester was extremely excited once he started to heal physically. He was ready to come back to work but we certainly weren't going to rush it."

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A Calgary police dog is back on the job after recovering from multiple stab wounds received while trying to catch a teenaged suspect following an alleged break-and-enter at a local school. Jester received a hero’s welcome from his fellow officers as he resumed his nearly

Jester , a police services dog , is shown in a handout image from Calgary Police . (Twitter). "The offender that stabbed the police service dog is going to be charged under the new section Quanto was stabbed in the RCMP headquarters parking lot while he was helping to catch a fleeing suspect.

The excitement of Jester's recovery was only matched by the public's response to the incident, the sergeant said.

"The public was fantastic," Gourley said, pausing a little.

"The handler wants to convey, the support that we received for Jester was just outstanding. A huge thank you to all the citizens. The amount of care packages, the amount of social media level of support towards Jester and the entire service, it was just outstanding," he said.

"We have no reason to believe that he won't continue to be a police dog until it is time for him to retire and enjoy a nice retirement."

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The teen is back in court later this month. Another 15-year-old suspect has also been charged with break and enter. They cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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