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Major will continue therapy and live with his family.

, Roseville Police Department

Roseville K-9 won't walk again

  • December 29, 2010 - 9:28 PM

The Roseville police dog injured while chasing a burglary suspect will not walk again, city officials said on Wednesday.

A specialist from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Center broke the news to the dog’s handler, officer John Jorgensen, on Tuesday. The dog will continue therapy when he is not home with his family, city officials said.

Major, a 9-year-old German shepherd that has been Jorgensen’s partner since 2003, was stabbed in the head and chest on Nov. 12 by a suspect in a Maplewood burglary, police said.

Roel Joseph Perez Jr., 21, of Maplewood, Ryan Neil Dorner, 22, of Mahtomedi and James Ricky McBain, 20, of Maplewood have been charged with possession of burglary tools and attempted theft, both felonies, in the break-in at Truck Utilities in Maplewood.

Perez also is charged with killing or harming a public safety dog, a gross misdemeanor. Authorities said he tearfully admitted stabbing Major multiple times with a butterfly  knife.

Major underwent surgeries and has continued rehabilitation, including exercising his legs in a swim tank. Therapists were cautiously optimistic when he regained some movement in his back legs last month.

ABBY SIMONS
 

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