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Quilled in the line of duty: K-9 cop punctured by porcupine in search for suspect

ABC News

A sheriff’s K-9 was punctured by hundreds of porcupine quills while pursuing a suspect in Oregon over the weekend.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office deployed the dog, named Odin, in the Barview area on Saturday evening to track down a man wanted on several felony charges and who’d fled a deputy on foot. 

While on the path, Odin encountered a porcupine and was pierced by more than 200 quills, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pursuit was immediately suspended and the dog was rushed to Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital in Coos Bay, where he was sedated and treated for more than two hours, according to the sheriff’s office.

PHOTO: A sheriff dog was punctured by over 200 porcupine quills during a pursuit, Coos County, Ore., April, 20, 2019.

Photos released by the sheriff’s office show Odin with the white quills covering his mouth and front paws. Several of the quills went inside the dog’s mouth and near his left eye.

“The sheriff’s office would like to offer thanks to the staff at Hansen-Meekins for their dedication and professional care, as well as to the public for the outpouring of support for K-9 Odin,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Monday.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Devin Wilson of Coos Bay, remained at large.

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4 Responses to Quilled in the line of duty: K-9 cop punctured by porcupine in search for suspect

  1. Katie says:

    Yowch! Poor dog got this from being turned into a narc.

  2. HarryNH says:

    April 24, 2019

    Information, if ever in this situation. Take a pair of pliers (end cutters) and cut the quill. The quill has a barb on the end and contains a fluid. This will release the fluid and the barb will relax. My dog had been in the same predicament. Rushed to the vet. concerned and nervous.

  3. DL. says:

    Been there, done that…our old timey neighbor had dogs that just couldn’t resist being around porcupines…this is before we moved into the mountains, lived near Balmorhea State Park (which thank God is now operating again after frackers nearly destroyed the ONLY natural cold spring swimming pool in far west Texas). Fortunately, the dogs usually only got the quills in their noses, much easier to remove, and far fewer than that K-9. Hope that dog makes it out okay. I know that dog works for cops, but still…

  4. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “While on the path, Odin encountered a porcupine and was pierced by more than 200 quills, according to the sheriff’s office.”

    DAMN SHAME IT WASN’T THE PIG WITH THE FACE FULL OF QUILLS!!!

    gotta go… computer screwing up badly.

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