ST. GEORGE — On Aug. 29, Washington County Sheriff deputy Graf along with K-9 Officer Tess were dispatched to a disturbance at the Sinclair in St. George.
While en route, the suspect carjacked a white truck, leading police officers on a chase. The suspect crashed the first stolen truck before stealing another truck – eventually crashing the second truck into a Santa Clara residence.
Once officers arrived at the final crash site and surrounded the vehicle, they attempted to talk the man out of the truck.
During the negotiations, K-9 Tess was deployed. She entered the truck where the suspect proceeded to shoot the Belgian Malinois in the face.
Officers opened fire on the suspect. He was shot and then apprehended.
K-9 Tess was shot through her jaw and brought to St. George Emergency Vet where they were able to stabilize her. She was then flown to Las Vegas for medical treatment in an attempt to save her life.
The cost of the life-saving surgery is considerable, with bills adding up to over $5,000.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Bone Appetit Natural Pet Pantry in hopes of collecting donations to help pay for the costs of the surgery and recovery for Tess as well as help fund the training and safety gear for a possible new K-9 member of the force.
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