Jardo, a K-9 officer with the Boise, Idaho police department, took a bullet to the chest in a shooting that also wounded two police officers last week. But thanks to two dogs who came to his aid and donated blood, he is now at home on the way to a full recovery.
Myles, a 6-year-old Golden Retriever, and Cricket, a 5-year-old Pit Bull, each donated blood that helped save Jardo’s life.
Jardo was shot by an armed suspect as officers were trying to apprehend him in a neighborhood in Boise.
Two veterinary surgeons and two other veterinarians performed surgery on the dog’s chest. He had lost a significant amount of blood and was given about ¾ liter from two different donors.
During surgery they removed part of Jardo’s lung mass.
According to the lead surgeon, “Dogs can survive 50 percent loss of total lung volume, and removal of an entire left lung (such as in Jardo) is tolerated well if the right lung is healthy.”
Jardo has been ordered to rest for the next four weeks, then return to light duty (the doggie equivalent to desk duty) for four weeks. He should be able to return to full duty in eight weeks.
On a ranch outside our town a retired veterinarian has started a business. He breeds and raises purebred German Shepherds for a rather unusual purpose.
The dogs are raised in an atmosphere of love and affection, fed a scientifically balanced diet, exercised and groomed regularly, and, of course, they have 24/7 veterinary care--everything dogs need to keep them in top form, physically and mentally.
Then from time to time blood is drawn, which is sold to veterinarian hospitals to be used for dogs (such as yours and mine) that may need a life-saving transfusion following an accident or operation.
We thought this would make a great human interest story for our local magazine, but the veterinarian was quite adamant about not letting us do a story about his business. If animal rights groups heard what he was doing there, they would do everything they could to shut him down. He has to be very careful not to draw attention to his business.
This sweet, gentle man has spent a lifetime caring for animals. Now he provides a lifesaving service that he has to hide from the animal rights morons who want to get rid of it.
What many people do not realize is that the extreme animal rights group would like to eliminate dogs and cats from being kept by humans. They feel that keeping a pet is demeaning to animals. They believe the animal is better off dead. This includes guide dogs, police dogs, and service dogs.
Peta kills over 90% of the animals entrusted to its “shelter.”