Kent police dog stabbed by suspect released from vet

September 25, 2013 

UPDATE as of 12:52 p.m.: Kato has been released from the vet and is doing well, the department reported.

INITIAL POST: A Kent police dog was stabbed Tuesday night and is undergoing surgery today, according to the Police Department.

The dog, a German shepherd named Kato who has been with the department two years, is expected to survive.

The incident occurred about 6:45 p.m. in Des Moines, where Kato and his handler responded to help officers find a man wanted for domestic violence assault. After the dog located the suspect, the suspect allegedly stabbed Kato in the shoulder with a pocket knife.

Kato was taken to a veterinarian clinic, where he is listed in stable condition.

“The suspect’s actions today could have easily resulted in deadly consequences. Incidents such as this remind us of how dangerous an officer’s job can be and the risks we encounter every day,” Det. Melanie Frazier said.

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