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K-9 Officer Gets Blood Transfusion From Dog Waiting For Adoption

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K-9 Sgt. Lee Young plays with Buddy, a dog who gave blood to transfuse to K-9 Ely. Buddy is waiting to be adopted at Williams Animal Hospital. K-9 Ely is improving after the transfusion. (Credit: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office) K-9 Sgt. Lee Young plays with Buddy, a dog who gave blood to transfuse to K-9 Ely. Buddy is waiting to be adopted at Williams Animal Hospital. K-9 Ely is improving after the transfusion. (Credit: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
Sgt. Lee Young comforts Ely after the K-9 collapsed from the heat Sunday while chasing a suspect. (Credit: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office) Sgt. Lee Young comforts Ely after the K-9 collapsed from the heat Sunday while chasing a suspect. (Credit: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – A Rutherford County K-9 officer who collapsed during a manhunt for shooting suspects can thank another dog waiting to be adopted for helping saving his life.

On Tuesday, a veterinarian checked Ely's blood level and discovered his blood platelets were low. The staff got blood from Buddy, a dog waiting to be adopted and living at Williams Animal Hospital, and transfused it into Ely.

Veterinarian Dr. Sara Covert of Williams Animal Hospital said Ely improved after the transfusion.

"Ely continues to improve," Dr. Covert said. "He's eating well. We're still monitoring him and rechecking his blood. Everything else is stabilized. We're all ecstatic."

Ely, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois was critically injured and brought to the hospital after collapsing in 90-degree heat during a massive manhunt for a shooting suspect on Sunday.

As a result of the heat stroke, Ely suffered internal bleeding, some hemorrhaging and even damage to his intestines.

Ely's human partner, Sgt. Lee Young, has spent countless hours over the past few days sitting on the cold kennel floor of the animal hospital with his trusty partner laying his head on his lap.

Buddy's previous owners gave him up because he couldn't get along with their smaller dogs. Buddy is waiting to be adopted with the recommendation he be placed in a home as the only dog.

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