Roseville K9, Major, Won’t Regain Use Of Hind Legs

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — The Roseville Police Department’s injured K9, Major, will not regain the use of his hind legs, the department reported Wednesday.

A University of Minnesota Veterinary Center specialist broke the unfortunate news Tuesday to Officer John Jorgensen, Major’s partner since 2003.

Major was stabbed several times while searching for suspects in an attempted burglary from early November in Maplewood. Roel Joseph Perez, Jr., 21, of Maplewood, was charged with possession of burglary tools, attempted theft and harming a public safety dog.

The department said Major will continue therapy at the University of Minnesota in order to gain control over his bodily functions. When Major is not at therapy, he remains home with his family.

The department said they extend “their deepest appreciation to everyone for their continued support and concern during this difficult time.” They also noted that the city has received hundreds of call of support for Major and Officer Jorgensen.

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  • Jayne Rasmussen

    Will they be in need of a “wheelchair” for Major – the ones that allow the dog to walk with the help of wheels to the rear? I’m about to lose my job to India, but would like to contribute a little bit to the cost?

    • Lisa Marie

      I would also love to contribute to the wheelchair that will give Major help in his recovery- I felt so terrible about the whole incident- Im just happy he has a loving family that will take care of him – Hes one lucky Puppy!

    • Stacy Kurkowski

      That is an excellent idea. I would like to contribute as well.

    • Lisa Marie Chesner

      Good idea Jayne – look how your generocity is going to help this dog- if we can get more people he will have his ability to walk again- all because you started this- your a very good person for thinking of this

      Lisa Marie Chesner please contact me by email

    • Stace

      Jayne, that’s brilliant. Email me at

  • AbbyBlu-Lab/Husky Mix

    I too would like to contribute…………..
    Great idea Jayne!!!

  • cbrum

    I would like to contribute tax payers dollars to keep Perez in prison for the rest of his life.

  • Stace

    I, too, would like to contribute – and to keep Perez in prison. Jayne – if you want to get something started, email me at

  • Elizabeth

    How can we contribute? I want to as well.

  • sherry

    I would be more than happy to contribute towards getting this four legged hero a wheelchair. Just let me know where to send the donation.

  • kristina

    I would like to contribute too! Whenever someone knows how to donate money for him, please post something on here or email me please..

  • Olaf

    Feed Perez to the dogs !

    • blaine

      thats to good for him, let him rot.

    • Jane Kulas

      amen…let Perez have it!

      Thank God for brave dogs like Major…thank God he was saved!

  • Mary of Eagan

    you should open an account so that people can help contribute to this hero’s care. I would be willing to start a fund at work. Put this on the news so that people can help.

  • bubba

    Why dont We make the guys who did this pay for it !!!! I think a 25 year sentence is appropriate for him.

  • mark from

    I built a wheel chair for a dog we had years ago. I would be more than happy to build him one. I worked great in the house and the yard. Please have him email me, or if you read this please I would enjoy doing this for Major

  • Elizabeth 2

    Jayne, what a wonderful idea! I also would love to contribute to Major’s care. WCCO, would you be able to follow up with his family regarding his future care needs and where to send donations?

    To Mark from mntaxwaste: what a kind and generous offer!!

  • Nanci

    I agree…a fund for the wheelchair would be great. You are a brave boy Major and I know you can have a wonderful life ahead with your family.

  • Joan

    Won’t the city pay for this as Major was a public servant, injured while working???

  • janna

    Joan – I was wondering the same thing – also wouldnt the dogs have been insured for medical expenses as well, possibly including adaptive equipment? But yes, very kind of all to offer to contribute!

  • Cynthia

    I would love to help as well. Please let me know how I can contribute. Bubba, I agree with you. Just string the guy up!! Major is a hero and needs our help. How can we get this going?

  • Billy

    What a great idea. I love dogs and have two German Sheperds myself,(“Jack and Jill”}.

    I would be more than happy to contribute.

  • Billy

    I am glad that Major has such a great master that cares for him soo.

  • mark from

    Has anyone found a fund for Major yet? Or a contact for the owner? Please email me

  • Larsonian

    Count me in on a contribution for Major. And totally agree with cbrum – I would like to contribute tax payers dollars to keep Perez in prison for the rest of his life.

  • Tc Radiodj

    I would love to donate, even host a benefit for John and Major. If that is a interest, please go to my website and email me.

  • Mandy

    These k9’s are amazing!!! I remember a couple of years ago when the St.Paul/Mpls K9 police had a show on tv and it was just amazing to watch and see just what these dogs and their handlers are capable of doing!! The bond between them is incredible in itself!! My thoughts and prayers go out to Major, Officer Jorgensen and their family… Also to all of you wonderful people willing to donate your time, money and skills to buy/make a wheelchair for this poor dog that put his life on the line for John and keeping all of us safe!!

  • Deb Rankin-Moore

    I would like to see funds raised to train a new canine officer for the city of Roseville. They are a valuable tool in fighting crime, as evidenced by the sacrifice that Major has suffered.

  • Martiey Miller

    I had a corgi with back problems and he was in a “dog cart” for two years. It’s a wonderful invention and intervention. Where may I contribute to help Major?

  • Rebecca

    I feel bad for Major. I hope that there are plans to award him for the sacrifice he made that day. He is a beautiful dog, and deserves all the spoiling he can get!!!

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