A Fontana, California police dog has beaten the odds and is back on duty after being thrown from a second story window.
Jaris, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sent after a parolee who was not surrendering to police and was believed to be armed and dangerous. Bryan Bills, 28, used the dog’s momentum to throw him out the window.
The situation was not looking great when Jaris was rushed to an emergency vet and checked for brain trauma. He landed on his head and was said to be staggering and bleeding from his nose.
“I thought he was dead,” said Officer Steve Bechtold, the dog’s handler. “I thought he would be dead or paralyzed.”
There was concern about brain damage, especially after the vet suggested there was swelling between the sinus cavity and the brain. Jaris did suffer temporary nerve damage in that area of his head, but miraculously, he’s back on duty three weeks later.
The suspect was arrested for not only parole violations and resisting arrest but also injuring a police dog.
An Ideal Partner In Law Enforcement
Belgian Malinois are known to be fiercely loyal and protective, which makes them ideal for police work.
“He’s always high drive, ready to play, ready to go; he’s pretty much the same every day. What you see is what you get,” said Officer Bechtold.
Jaris is a trusted vet in the world of canine law enforcement, with a pretty impressive resume. He has been summoned by the Secret Service to protect everyone from Hillary Clinton and President George W. Bush, to the Dalai Lama.
His latest job duty is a particularly important one in the wake of recent events, as a member of a bomb detection team.