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March 24, 2009
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Calif. officer's quick action saved stabbed K-9

By Matthew T. Hall
San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  — San Diego police Sgt. Jess Havin knew every minute mattered when he scooped up his bloodied partner and bolted to the cruiser they've shared for five years.

It took one minute to escape the chaos of the home where two people lay dead and load his partner into the back. It took five more to race to the hospital, lights flashing and siren blaring in the “code 3” of police jargon.

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“We don't have a policy where you run a code 3 for an animal,” Havin said. “I don't care. I did it. I'd do it again.” Havin's partner is Earp, an 8-year-old German shepherd that is one month from retirement. Friday morning, Earp was stabbed in the throat by a man wielding a butcher knife he had used to kill his wife. It was the first time Earp had been ordered to bite anyone. Before Friday, he had only been sent to find drugs or guns or to scare people.

Read full story here: Police dog stabbing a close call



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