K-9 shot during police chase gets hero's salute as he leaves hospital

A Thurston County Sheriff’s dog that was shot multiple times during a police chase returned home last week.

K-9 officer Arlo was shot twice in a police pursuit near Grand Mound in Olympia, Washington, last week.

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The police dog underwent multiple surgeries over the weekend at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine to remove a bullet near his spine.

Footage released by the sheriff’s office shows Arlo leaving OSU with the help of his fellow officers and enjoying the car ride home. He is seen receiving a hero’s welcome upon his return.

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In an update, the sheriff's office says Arlo continues to improve every day. 

"He’s at home resting and getting lots of attention from Deputy Turpin and his family. We appreciate all of the support which has been overwhelming and he is receiving thousands of gifts and treats from people."

Arlo’s handler, Deputy Tyler Turpin, posts regular updates about Arlo on TikTok, amassing over one million followers.

Since the incident, the public has raised more than $70,000 to help with Arlo’s care.