Dog in need of home after donating blood to on duty K9
K9 Sgt. Lee Young comforts Ely after the K9 collapsed in the heat Sunday while chasing a suspect.
Sgt. Young plays with Buddy, a dog who gave blood to transfuse to K9 Ely.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
Buddy, a dog waiting to be adopted at Williams Animal Hospital in Murfreesboro, is a hero after he donated blood and probably saved the life of Ely, a Rutherford County sheriff's K9 who collapsed while searching for a shooting suspect last weekend.
The temperature was in the 90s and it's believed Ely, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, suffered heat exhaustion.
Veterinarians at Williams Animal Hospital checked Ely's blood level Tuesday and discovered his platelets were low. The staff obtained blood from Buddy to transfuse into Ely Tuesday night.
He began to improve immediately after the transfusion.
"Ely continues to improve," veterinarian Dr. Sara Covert said. "He's eating well. We're still monitoring him and rechecking his blood. Everything else is stabilized. We're all ecstatic."
Veterinarian technician Katie Love said she was scared about Ely's condition Tuesday but knew he was okay Wednesday morning when he sat up and looked at her.
"I was very happy to see him," Love said, adding, "He's our little hero right now."
Buddy's previous owners gave him up because he couldn't get along with their smaller dogs. Buddy is up for adoption with the recommendation he be placed in a home as the only dog.
"We have it estimated that he's five or six years old," Love said.
Williams Animal Hospital is located on Chaffin Place in Murfreesboro. If you are interested in adopting Buddy, call 615-895-0650.