Photo: Police Dog in Recovery After Being Thrown from 2nd Floor Window
A police officer’s job is dangerous and it makes no difference if that officer has two legs of four furry ones.
On Sunday, police in Fontana, California sent police dog Jaris into a home in which an armed and dangerous parolee, Bryan Bills, was attempting to avoid being taken back into custody.
As Jaris ran towards Bills, 28, the man used the dogs momentum to throw him out of an open second floor window. The dog reportedly landed on his head on the concrete below. Though it was not immediately clear whether Jaris had any brain damage, a witness says he was stumbling and had blood coming from his nose.
Bills was arrested for resisting an officer, violating parole, and intentional injury to a police service dog.
Jaris, a 6 1/2-year-old Belgian malinois, was taken to a vet specialist in Orange County for X-rays on Monday. On Tuesday, officers noticed more swelling on Jaris’ nose and a bulge on his head.
A veterinarian who specializes in treating police service dogs looked over Jaris and said the swelling could be from damage between the sinus and the brain. He may have to undergo surgery, but it was unclear when or if it would be necessary.
More than 8,000 people on Facebook have wished Jaris a speedy recovery.