Update on Police Dog That Lost Its Teeth Detaining a Suspect

March 30, 2018 Last Updated: March 30, 2018

A police dog in Santa Ana, California, is recovering after sustaining injuries while chasing down a carjacker back in February.

Puskas, a K-9 with the Santa Ana Police Department, lost a number of teeth during a dramatic chase and takedown of a fleeing suspect.

The service dog had to undergo surgery for his injuries, according to an NBC4 report.

The 8-year-old Dutch shepherd, was in pursuit of Antonio Padilla Jr. in an industrial complex in Irvine, according to NBC4, after the suspect sped off when officers tried to pull him over, prompting a dramatic chase.

The suspect was on parole after being accused of using his truck to try to run over a police officer during a traffic stop on Feb. 18, the report said.

Puskas lost all of his upper and lower teeth, except for his canines, police said, and underwent surgery. The suspect was taken to a hospital for bites to his arm.

Police released this footage of Puskas being released from the hospital, saying he was “ready for pampering and lots of belly rubs,” on doctor’s orders.

And now, the Santa Ana Police Department shared an update on Puskas’ recovery on March 30 “by popular demand,” and informed fans of the K-9 that he had a minor setback in the form of a second surgery.

The video shows Puskas with his handler, Officer Luis Galeana, who says that they are working to get the dog back to full health.

Watch the update, which features an adorable clip of Puskas and Galeana working out on the treadmill together.


Credit: Santa Ana Police Department via Storyful