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Everyone loves our K-9s and what’s not to love? Recently, one of our four legged officers experienced a medical crisis. A lump was discovered under Bak’s right arm. We know he has four legs, but this guy is really like a human. This can be a pretty scary time for his human handler and for the Department too. Our furry officers are treated just as well as our human officers so it was off to the doctor for him. Dr. Sarah Dutta is Bak’s awesome veterinarian at the Animal Medical Clinic. Dr. Dutta surgically removed the mass and sent it off for testing. We’re still waiting on the tests to see what it is exactly.
Bak was placed on light duty for one week by Dr. Dutta, but as she explained how he needed to rest, Bak just cocked his head because he doesn’t really understand English. He went home with his human partner and they lounged around the house for a day or so. Bak was able to sleep well that night, but woke up kind of groggy from his pain medication. Sgt. Todd took him outside to . . . you know, and he immediately went to the back door of his patrol car and sat down. Sgt. Todd had to drag him away and back in the house to watch reruns of Rin Tin Tin. The same thing happened the next morning. Sgt. Todd made Bak rest and watch college football, but it was obvious Bak was getting stir crazy being cooped up in the house.
For the start of the work week, Sgt. Todd followed his normal routine to get ready for patrol and seeing this, Bak began his routine to get ready for the shift. Spinning in circles, Bak was really ready to get back at it, but wait, the proper amount of rest had not passed. As Sgt. Todd explained to Bak that he couldn’t go to work, he did that head cocking thing again. Doctor’s orders: stay home, no work, and rest! Off to fight crime for Sgt. Todd and a day of Netflix for Bak. Most people would enjoy a little time to recuperate, but not our K-9 hero.
Shortly thereafter, Sgt. Todd received a call, “Bak is going crazy and wants to get out of here! He’s about to break down the front door!” Sgt. Todd returned home and opened the door to his house. Bak came tearing out and sat down by the back door of his patrol car. It’s déjà vu all over again. Sgt. Todd gave him a stern talking to and told him he was going to have to explain to Dr. Dutta why he refused to follow orders. So, it’s off to Dr. Dutta for some doctor talk and finger pointing. A compromise was reached and Bak could ride on patrol like usual, but no work! As luck would have it, well not for the bad guys, Bak and his partner were involved in a foot pursuit and were able to apprehend two suspects, one of which was wanted for aggravated domestic battery.
Bak took a couple of minutes to recover from that pursuit. His human partner, well let’s just say there was some liniment and a heating pad for him. Bak is improving daily and nothing can keep him down. Sgt. Todd recently had a talk with him about retirement, but Bak put his head down and quickly walked away. He is an awesome dog! He loves kids and loves his job with the Department.
Just moments ago, we received word from Dr. Dutta that the lump was cancer. Cancer is fairly common in German Shepherds, but Bak’s cancer was a low-level cancer and Dr. Dutta is confident it was all removed and Bak will return to full duty. We appreciate the great medical treatment he receives from Dr. Dutta and appreciate how our citizens love our K-9s. They are an integral part of the St. Marys Police Department team.