Police: K9 recovering after being stabbed during arrest

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Ranger the K9 is now home and has a few weeks of recovery ahead of him.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A Sacramento police K9 was stabbed Friday night while making an arrest on 9th Avenue.

A Sacramento police officer and his K9 partner, Ranger, were trying to contact 58-year-old Hans Schroeder at a home in the area of 53rd Street.

Police said Schroeder had an active felony warrant for stalking and a threats charge.

When the officer and Ranger arrived, police said Schroeder ran out the back door armed with a knife.

Ranger gave chase and was able to grab Schroeder on his arm, leading to his arrest.

Schroeder stabbed Ranger in his stomach during the struggle.

Schroeder was treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his arm and will be booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail for his active warrant and for assault on a police K9.

VCA Emergency Critical Care Medical Doctor Chris Wong was already home when he got word that Ranger was stabbed.

Officers drove Wong in a patrol car, and with lights and sirens, rushed him to the hospital in Sacramento.

“Stab wounds to the abdomen are potentially fatal. Time is always of the essence,” Wong said.

Hospital staff hurried to get the 3-year-old dog into surgery, for his wound.

“Which penetrated through the skin and lacerated his spleen,” Wong explained.

The surgery took two hours to take out the spleen, stop any bleeding and patch him all up.

“He was nice and stable throughout the whole procedure,” Wong said. “He’s such a strong individual that he can hopefully go back to work within two weeks, as long as things go well.” 

Ranger is expected to make a full recovery.

More than 12 hours after the incident, Ranger’s partner was still by his side, their SUV remained parked outside the hospital.

“It’s always a tough situation emotionally. The handler and their K9 partners have such a tight bond. We recognized that,” Wong said. “And their doing such a great job being heroes for our community, protecting us, that it’s always that extra blessing to see them recover and do well.” 

Wong said donations are welcome to the Sacramento Police Department K9 Association, which helps support retired police dogs.

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