Wounded Police Dog Shows Improvement


UPDATED: Wednesday September 2, 2009 8:06 AM

Veterinarians said Thursday that Bosco, the police dog shot in the line of duty, is showing signs of improvement, but they said it is still too early to tell whether he will walk again.

Bosco has been receiving care at the Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital since the shooting Sunday night, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.

The 3-year-old Dutch shepherd's human partner, Zanesville police Office Mike Mike Schiele, was attempting to serve a warrant when gunfire erupted.

SLIDESHOW: Images Of Bosco

Schiele was hit in the leg while Bosco, who had been let loose to attack the gunman, was wounded in the neck.

Bosco's caregivers offered a grim outlook earlier this week, saying he appeared to be paralyzed, with no movement in his front legs and very limited movement in his hind legs.

On Thursday, there was better news regarding the dog's condition.

"On Monday he could just barely move one of his legs and as of today he's moving both of his back legs pretty well," said veterinarian Dr. Amy Butler. "He's starting to move his front legs and he's starting to bear more weight on them, so we're happy with his progress."

Veterinarians believe the dog's spinal cord is still bruised, and they stressed that it is still too early to predict whether or not Bosco will walk again.

Each day, three times a day, Bosco undergoes physical therapy for an hour-and-half.  He also gets daily visits from Schiele.

Veterinarians said the dog's appetite is healthy. They even joked that he has been eating like a pig.

"Here we've been feeding him canned food and he loves it," Butler said. "And people are bringing him steak and salmon, all kinds of good treats. He's getting spoiled."

Veterinarians said the next three to six weeks will reveal if the dog will walk again.

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