K-9 ''Dash'' shot by murder suspect has 2nd surgery

K9 Officer Dash after surgery. (Photo: Kings County Sheriff)

UPDATE: Monday, December 4, 2017 - Dash suffered a setback, requiring a second surgery.

The gunshot wound caused a non-displaced fracture of his femur.

Unfortunately, the fracture continued to progress and the femur fractured completely, causing the bone to become displaced.

The second surgery repaired the fracture with a plate and screws.

Dash’s recovery will now take longer than originally announced but he is expected to make a full recovery and should be able to return service.

Dash’s full medical expenses are being taken care of by “The Brando Fund” a 501 (c) (3) established in May 2010 by Dr. Lee Fausett to pay the costs of medical care and insurance for the Kings County Sheriff Canine unit. Like all medical insurances, the full cost of treatment will not be covered by insurance. The Brando Fund will cover the rest of the expenses. Donations to the Brando fund can be made several ways. On the Brando fund Facebook page, a GoFundMe account, or a check can be mailed to “The Brando Fund” C/O Hanford Veterinary Hospital 1417 Glendale Ave Hanford, CA 93230.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - The Kings County Sheriff's Department released an update on "Dash" Wednesday morning.

Dash, our four-legged deputy, is home now and recovering with his patrol partner.

Dash underwent emergency surgery at Veterinary Emergency Services in Fresno to repair injuries sustained after being shot by a fleeing murder suspect in Kings County.

According to his handler, Dash is groggy but displaying big puppy dog eyes and is in recovery mode.

The Kings County Sheriff's Office considers Dash a hero who undoubtedly saved the lives of deputies and officers on scene.

Commander Mark Bevens said, "The Sheriff's Office has greatly appreciated all the public's support to include phone calls and prayers during this difficult time for the Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit."

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Original Story: Sunday, November 26, 2017 - A woman is dead and a Kings County Sheriff's dog is recovering following a shooting and police chase that spanned across several Central Valley cities, according to law enforcement.

Lemoore police say it started after a report of shots fired at a home around 2:30 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene they found a woman dead inside that home.

Police say the suspected shooter had driven away from the scene in a Blue Dodger Charge but Hanford Police were able to locate him.

From there, Hanford P.D. says officers began to chase the man and conducted a pit maneuver at Jersey and 9th.

Kings County deputies were also involved in the pursuit and were trying to get the shooting suspect out of the car.

The Kings County Sheriff's Office says when the man wouldn't listen to deputies, they decided to release their K9 "Dash."

That's when the man exited the car and began shooting at officers.

Law enforcement says it returned fire at the suspect, identified as Juan Castro.

Castro died at the scene.

However, K9 "Dash" was shot once in the hind leg and was airlifted by the California Highway Patrol helicopter to San Joaquin Memorial High School.

The K9 was then taken to the Veterinary Emergency Service at Fresno and Mckinley.

Deputies say "Dash" is expected to survive.

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