By Susie Jones

(WCCO) — A Roseville police dog that was beaten by a burglary suspect has done the seemingly impossible. He is barking and walking again.

Veterinarians at the University of Minnesota who have been taking care of Major, a German Shepherd that worked with the Roseville Police Department, say that he is now in therapy.

On Tuesday, he was eating and drinking normally and his wounds were healed.

Vets say that he has to relearn some basic functions like potty training, but the dog has made great strides in therapy.

Major was able to swim in an exercise tank over the weekend and vets are saying that the progress is very promising.

The dog suffered blunt trauma that likely damaged one of his vertebrae and other injuries.

Doctors say it might take six months to see how much Major regains his hind leg movement.

Major was injured as he chased a burglary suspect at a Maplewood business a few weeks ago. Three men, all in their 20s, were arrested and charged.

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Comments (22)
  1. Leelee says:

    Oh, this is wonderful news. My heart sunk when I heard what had happened. Keep progressing Major, Get Well and my prayers are with you during your recovery. God is watching over you Major. Yay !for the good news.

  2. Billy says:

    I have two German Shepherd’s Jack and Jill, I am glad the K-9 is improving.

  3. mattey says:

    This story warms my heart on a cold winter day.

    1. Cheri Howe says:

      This makes me furious our beautiful dogs are sent out and trained with no protecrtion humans have vests guns knives why stilll no vests

  4. pkb92057 says:

    Good news! I’m glad he is doing better and on his way to a fully recovery.

  5. Randy Rousslang says:

    This is such great news, He is surely a hero. This gives me one more thing to be greatfull for this Thanksgiving. We love you major and good luck on your recovery.

  6. Shelley says:

    Great To Hear !
    Keep Up The Fight Buddy !!
    Your Sooo Cute…

  7. marco says:

    Wonderful! Our “four footed heros” do so much and ask so little. I pray he returns to full health.

  8. Marsha says:

    Way to go Major!!! I’ve been praying for you.

  9. Anna says:

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving Gift! God has plans for this dog!

  10. Rebecca Reed says:

    I am so glad to hear that Major is improving!! He is beautiful dog, and a hero, and I wish nothing but the best for him and his partner. I am glad that those involved have been caught, and I hope that they are punished to the fullest extent!!

  11. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    Great job Major, God is watching over you

  12. Kristin Behl says:

    Keep up the good work Major. Big thank you to all the staff at the University for everything they have done as well. I have been following this story and it warms my heart to know things are progressing in the right way.

  13. Richard Golbeck says:

    Way to go, Major! My doggies, Rex and Ben(German Shepherds)both say W00F! My prayers are with you!/Rick.

  14. sam says:

    Great news.Does anyone know if these k-9s are pets to the handlers family?

  15. Mandi Kosbab says:

    Glad to hear that Major is doing well. We still wish for 100% recovery but hope people truly understand how important these dogs jobs are!! We are cheering for you Major!!!

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