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Dog Who Saved K-9 Officer Finds New Home

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by Chris Conte

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The dog who helped save a Rutherford County K-9 officer after he collapsed during a manhunt last week has found a new home.

Last week, a veterinarian checked K-9 Officer Ely's blood level and discovered his blood platelets were low following his collapse from severe heat stroke. The staff got blood from Buddy, a dog waiting to be adopted and living at Williams Animal Hospital, and transfused it into Ely.

Without the blood transfusion doctors believe Ely may not have survived.

"(Buddy) was just here at the right place at the right time, and kind of earned his keep by giving the blood," explained vet technician Leeann Gunnells.

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 September 8.

As for Buddy, his previous owners gave him up two months ago because he couldn't get along with their smaller dogs. 

On Monday afternoon a family from Hendersonville walked into the clinic and fell in love with Buddy.

"I wasn't really ready to let another pet into the family, but he's really cute, I guess he really needs us. I am very sentimental and you touched my heart buddy," Beth Benz said looking at Buddy moments before taking him home.

Doctors at the animal hospital also said that Officer Ely had improved to the point where he was sent home on Monday as well. 


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