Jackie, a law enforcement working dog with the Law Enforcement and Investigations division of Lassen National Forest, was wounded in action today during a marijuana eradication operation on a neighboring forest in Butte County. While attempting to apprehend the suspects, Jackie sustained a head injury along with damage to her mouth.
According to LNF Public Affairs Officer Joyce El Kouarti first aid was given at the scene but due to her declining medical condition, Jackie, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, and her handler were airlifted to Valley Oak Veterinary Center in Chico, where she was treated for her injuries. She is currently in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
“The superior senses of working dogs are an invaluable asset in the drug enforcement process,” said Paul Zohovetz, Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Lassen National Forest. “The courage and enthusiasm with which they tackle their job is inspiring to all of us.”
Zohovetz said that Jackie was released this afternoon and is expected to be back on duty by Saturday.
To see video of Jackie’s evacuation visit Valley Oaks’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyOakVeterinaryCenter.
The cause of the dog’s injuries is currently under investigation.