TikTok Video of Police Dog Arlo Returning Home After Shooting Viewed 41 Million Times

Police dog who has quite 1.5 million social media fans has been released from a hospital in Washington after being shot twice in the line of duty.

Arlo, of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, was injured during a vehicle pursuit on January 13. The 3-year-old German shepherd was left with a bullet lodged near his spine and a gunshot wound to his leg. The K-9 was taken to Newaukum Valley Veterinary Services in Chehalis, Washington, for treatment before having eight hours of surgery at Oregon State University's Carlson College of medicine.

Ahead of the operation on Friday morning, doctors gave Arlo a 60 percent chance of survival.

NEWSWEEK SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS > "It's a miracle that Arlo's still alive," Dr. Jen Warnock, the orthopedic veterinarian who repaired the bone damage to Arlo's vertebrae, said during a statement. "The C6 vertebra was shattered; the bullet missed an artery that would've killed him by a millimeter; it could've destroyed his Arteria carotis . "He's unlucky but lucky at an equivalent time."

NEWSWEEK SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS > Arlo, who joined the K-9 unit in 2019, has quite 1.5 million followers on Tik Tok and an extra 67,000 followers on Instagram. The video of the dog leaving the Carlson School of Medicine after surgery-a guard of honor made up of colleagues-has been viewed 41 million times. Because of the damage to his neck and shoulders, Arlo will likely have arthritis, meaning he won't be returning to active duty.


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