Cedar City K-9 officer Pajko received his injuries during a physical confrontation with suicidal and uncooperative suspect. The animal was taken to a specialist in Las Vegas. It was determined that Pajko suffered from a herniated disk in his neck.
The injury required surgery which was performed on Saturday. Cedar City police say they’re cautiously optimistic that after weeks of recovery and rehab, K-9 Pajko may be able to return to his normal duties.
The suspect, 48-year-old Merrill Orlando rust was arrested on multiple charges, including causing injury to a police service animal.