Mikey, a three-year veteran of the force, was clearing a house of suspects when he was shot. The .223 projectile traveled at the speed of about 3,240 feet per second, and just a little slower because of the muscle, sinew and bone it first smacked into. His partner, Deputy Jerry Kitchens with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said the bullet packed a lot of kinetic energy that had no place to go but up and out. The impact blew K-9 officer Mikey’s front right foot half off. Bone and meat of two sets of metacarpals disappeared, leaving just a flap of skin. Kitchens grabbed the Dutch shepherd, quickly loaded him into the squad car and raced to get him medical attention. The prognosis wasn’t good. Specialists recommended the removal of his leg. But Mikey kept his leg. A vet who had been in surgery at the time of the first prognosis and couldn’t initially be reached hurried down from farther north in California to give a second opinion and perform the operation that would save the canine’s foot — and leg. #policedog #inthelineofduty

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