The police dog was seized then thrown from a second-story window and sustained head wounds and a damaged sinus when he hit the ground.
Doctors feared the worse for Jaris because the K-9 was profusely bleeding, staggering, and might've suffered internal injuries as well.
But Jaris is one of the lucky dogs Â— he's off-duty now and under observation for at least the next 14 days, expected to make a full recovery.
Guts versus the gutless
It's been reported that an overwhelming majority of burglars freely admit they'd rather come up against a homeowner with a handgun any day than even a small mutt with a big attitude.
That's because these lowlife cowards know most people will hesitate to use a firearm on another human being, regardless of whether their lives are in imminent danger. In fact, it's a natural and predictable paralysis thieves depend upon when breaking into residences, and which, not uncommonly, results in many victims being maimed or killed with their own weapons.
But a fearless canine on the other hand, even the tiniest scrapper, won't bat an eye before lunging at a perp. Sharp teeth and courage is all they need to inflict some serious damage on the uninvited, and their aim is always true.
Such incorruptible qualities make man's best friend the ideal policing tool therefore, and the sight of a K-9 officer in relentless pursuit fills many a suspect with absolute dread. More so, then the armed cop running beside his or her four-legged partner.
Line of duty deaths high for K-9s
To escape capture by trained canines, some violent hoodlums will murder police dogs once they've been cornered by them. Indeed, nearly 200 of these dedicated animals have lost their lives answering the call to duty since 1965. Countless more, like Jaris, have been horribly injured.
Their work is dangerous and those who do die under fire are unsung heroes for the most part, rarely eulogized or memorialized except by the heartsick men and women in blue who worked alongside them every day, and, of course, their handlers.
Typically these intrepid K-9s are pure German Shepherds, but not always. In December 2012, Ivan, a Belgian malinois breed working for an Arizona police department, was shot and killed protecting his fellow officers during an armed carjacking.
Ivan the brave managed to grab and bite his thug before being viciously gunned down. He was only three years old when he died.
In 2006, a Tucson police dog named Miko sacrificed his life jumping from an overpass in an heroic attempt to catch a shooting suspect leaving the crime scene in a stolen car. Miko's force so mourned their fallen comrade that a dog park was finally named in his honor.
In February 2013 another stalwart canine from Minnesota was brutally killed in action by a knife-wielding sex offender on the run. Kody was a veteran K-9 with over nine years experience in law enforcement.
The suspect unexpectedly grabbed the dog as it neared and stabbed him multiple times while Kody's colleagues watched in shock. They then shot the man dead as he stood dripping with the dog's blood.
Police dogs killed by criminals a real crime
Early this March in upstate New York, a police dog in the service of the FBI was shot to death as he tried to safely lead agents into an abandoned building where a holed up killer of four was hiding.
The two-year-old German Shepherd named Ape was fatally shot in the chest as he approached the doorway to a darkened room where the man lay in wait for him. It was only the new recruit's second mission.
Ape is just one of a handful of canine cops to die already in the line of duty this year, and the state of New York one of the first in the nation to finally make attacks on these super dogs a major crime.
Outraged by the news of the novice K-9's coldblooded slaying, the New York Senate speedily passed legislation elevating police dog assault and homicide from a misdemeanor offense to a Class D felony.
Considering all the lives lost, it's about time.
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