MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An 11-year-old German Shepherd that was stabbed and beaten by a burglary suspect in 2010 has died.
Major, who was helping police search for suspects in a November 2010 attempted burglary in Maplewood, Minn., lost the use of his hind legs after the attack.
The former Roseville K-9 was stabbed on the top of his head, behind his left ear, the middle of his shoulder blades and once in middle of his back and beaten by 21-year-old Roel Joseph Perez, Jr.
Perez was sentenced to 120 days in Ramsey County Jail.
After the stabbing, Major underwent therapy seven days a week for three months. Without the use of his hind legs, he used a K-9 wheel chair in order to get around.
Since Major’s injury, his partner and caretaker Officer John Jorgensen has helped get legislation passed to increase the penalties for someone who hurts a K-9.