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An Escondido police dog is recovering after having been stabbed 27 times in the nose and head while on duty.

Aros, the 7-year-old police dog, was stabbed while pursuing and biting a fleeing suspect of assault.

Police Lt. Mark Petersen, Aros handler, said, “What was pretty amazing to me, and I’ve been involved with canines for 20 years, is the dog just held on. He did his job. He held onto the guy while being stabbed 27 times until the officers were able to get to him safely.”

A taser was used on the suspect which finally stopped his brutal attack on the police dog. Aros was rushed to get veterinary care, where he received many stitches and plenty of pain medication. Despite his severe injuries, Aros was back on his feet in a few days and ready to play.

The question right now is whether or not he will be able to return to work, as that part is still very uncertain.

Aros’ nose was severely injured during the attack, and he cannot work as a police dog unless he can sniff things out. After he has made a full recovery, it will be decided whether or not he will be able to return to work.

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