American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Honors Trinity County K-9
On July 21, 2016, Ice, eight-year-old Belgian Malinois chased after two suspects fleeing from an illegal marijuana grow in the Shasta Trinity National Forest. According to the American Humane Society,
As Ice was apprehending the suspect, the suspect used a large knife to stab Ice twice in the chest as well as the face and muzzle. Despite Ice’s serious wounds, Ice remained apprehending the suspect until the suspect was taken into custody. Ice’s bravery likely saved the other officers from getting stabbed or injured.
According to Ice’s human partner and handler, Christopher Magallon, from a piece on a US Forest Service webpage,
What Ice’s handler doesn’t say was that he and other team members carried Ice 3/4’s of a mile in the remote and rugged backcountry to the helicopter’s landing zone.
When I realized Ice had been stabbed, he was bleeding profusely, and though critically injured, he never let out a whine or whimper…My immediate focus was on stopping the bleeding as quickly as possible. I carry two trauma kits on me, one for Ice and one for me, and I used the contents of both, as well as the contents of the other team member’s trauma kits, to do my best to bandage Ice. Then, my next thought was figuring how to get Ice evacuated and to the vet. I wasn’t alone, it was a team effort. As I was bandaging Ice, team members were assisting me in treating Ice, calling for a helicopter, taking a suspect into custody, all while dealing with a dynamic situation. I work in a tight knit group, so because we have worked so closely with one another for so long, we were able to get Ice to the veterinary hospital in time to save his life.”
The American Humane Society explained,
Ice was airlifted to VCA Asher Animal Hospital in Redding, CA and taken immediately into surgery where the doctors and staff were able to repair his wounds. Ice has since made a full recovery and has returned to duty.
This wasn’t Ice’s first scrape, and though a tough as nails working dog, Ice also has an extraordinary ability to interact and socialize with people. Both these amazing abilities makes Ice a truly special dog and partner.
Earlier Chapter: Another K-9 Stabbed