ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says K-9 officer Rex was injured when a suspect stabbed him and hit him with a bat during a domestic dispute early Monday morning.
According to BCSO, deputies responded to a domestic dispute between two brothers at a trailer park on Barcelona in the South Valley.
Deputies say 22-year-old Oscar Valadez was threatening his brother with a knife.
Deputies arrived on scene and found Valadez with the knife and a baseball bat.
He ignored commands to drop the weapons, BCSO says, and tried to flee, so deputies sent in Rex.
Deputies say Valadez then stabbed Rex and hit him in the head with the bat. Rex did bite Valadez before he was knocked out by the hit of the bat.
“In this case, I’d have to say that this K-9 may have saved the deputy’s life,” Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said.
Valadez then turned the knife on himself and tried to stab and cut his own throat, but hardly injured himself because of the clothes he was wearing.
Deputies tased and bean-bagged him to make him stop. He was then taken to UNM Hospital for treatment and was booked into MDC later Monday morning.
BCSO says Valadez has an extensive criminal history. He is now facing several felony charges for the incident including, aggravated assault on a Peace Officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, serious injuries to a police dog and extreme animal cruelty.
Rex was taken to an undisclosed emergency veterinarian for tests and treatment, and came out of surgery Monday afternoon. He’s reportedly in good condition.
Rex was released from the vet on Monday night to begin recovery with his handler. Officials said it is still too soon to determine if he will return to service with BCSO. However, police are hopeful that the prognosis will be good and he can return.
Rex has a follow-up exam on Thursday.