Virtually every day I read stories about police officers who shoot dogs that didn’t appear to pose a threat to them.
This is not one of those stories.
Last Monday, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever/Whippet mix named Egypt broke through a window in her home to chase away a burglar who was casing the house.
Seattle Police arrived on the scene after a neighbor called 911 after seeing the suspect running from the house.
According to the Seattle Police Blotter, the responding officers “found a shattered window on the north side of the house.” They also heard a dog barking inside the home and spotted blood spattered on a couch and pooled on the floor of a bathroom.
Upon entering the house, Officers Kenneth Martin, William Miller, and Ian Walshand found Egypt on the bathroom floor in a large pool of blood with “large gashes in her front paws” which they assumed she sustained when she broke through the window.
The Police Blotter said that while Officers William Miller and Ian Walsh comforted Egypt, Officer Gordon Bentler “grabbed medical supplies and bandaged Egypt’s wounds.”
The police then tracked down Egypt’s owner, who returned to the home and took her to Seattle Veterinary Specialists where she was diagnosed with 3 severed tendons in her forepaws.
The next day Egypt was taken to BluePearl for surgery to repair her tendons. Due to the severity of the gashes in her legs, Egypt would have probably bled to death if the officers hadn’t found her and treated her injuries.
“Egypt was doing her job which was to protect our house which she has always thought of as her job so she was doing great and I’m very glad that she did that, but I’m more glad that police took the initiative to come inside and look for her because she was really hurt,” Egypt’s owner Emily Mosites told KOMO News.
As Emily is recent UW graduate with limited financial resources, her brother Don set up this YouCaring fundraising page to get contributions for Egypt’s treatment. Generous donors quickly donated $4345 which paid for all of Egypt’s medical bills.
Egypt is now back home and should be fine in a few weeks.
Many thanks to Officers Kenneth Martin, William Miller, Ian Walsh, and Officer Gordon Bentler for saving Egypt’s life. You can thank them by leaving a message on the Seattle Police Department’s Facebook page.
Here’s KOMO’s story about the 2-legged and 4-legged heroes: