UPDATE: Pyro makes first public appearance since stabbing

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Pyro makes first public appearance since stabbing

MONDAY 4/22/2019 2:15 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — Pyro has made his first official public appearance since being rushed to the animal hospital for life-threatening injuries.

In a press conference Monday afternoon, Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith spoke on a wide range of topics covering Pyro’s recovery process, Pyro’s future outlook, the support given from Bark ‘N Blue, and also that the department is working with its insurance company which may cover up to $5,000.

It was also announced that community monetary donations exceeded $62,000 towards Pyro’s medical bills and for emergency K-9 kits that will be equipped in squad cars.

Officer Scott Salzmann, Handler and owner of Pyro, spoke at the news conference,

“There’s a lot of things that went right that night.

I would love to sit here and take full credit for being quick on my feet and thinking and everything like that but honestly when it happened I went into a little panic mode for a little bit there because you realize your partner’s hurt and critically hurt.

I went a little foggy for a minute there and thankfully for a few officers they know who they are to be there to kind of prompt me to go hey man let’s start let’s get this going.”

Pyro is expected to return to light-duty work soon.

Watch the full news conference in the Facebook post below: 

Pyro is home!

MONDAY 4/15/2019 11:34 a.m.

Pyro was able to return home over the weekend!

Although he still has a lot of recovering and recuperating to do, police say he has passed his first major hurdle and has been cleared to return home with his handler and family.

Because he is still healing, there was no ceremony with him checking out of the Animal Referral Center.

Pyro still needs to be kept calm and excitement kept to a minimum, but with all that said you can see how excited he was to get back in his squad car.

Green Bay Police Department,

We have been stunned and overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who have written cards, sent donations, given treats, or otherwise shared their good wishes for Pyro, but we are only able to share so many examples.

We are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support from the community.

We have placed photos and video from Pyro’s special check out on our department Facebook page to share with all of you who have expressed so much love, interest, and concern for Pyro.

You can also see a few of the many cards and gifts people have sent.

We will continue to share updates on Pyro periodically, but for now we are so thankful that he is at home resting.

Green Bay Mayor gives Pyro key to the city

TUESDAY 4/9/19 2:58 p.m.

Mayor Schmitt gave Pyro a key to the city on Tuesday, the first key he’s ever given to a dog.

GBPD says Pyro is standing, sitting, and walking under his own power

TUESDAY 4/9/19 11:53 a.m.

Green Bay Police Department has issued an update in the recovery of police K-9 Pyro,

We are extremely happy to report this morning that K9 Pyro is continuing to make strides in his recovery, literally.

Pyro is standing, sitting, and walking under his own power. Officer Salzmann and his family, along with fellow his GBPD K9 Officers have been taking Pyro out for short duration walks to help him build up his strength.

His improvement over the past 24 hours was a big first step for him and we have been told his personality is starting to come back. While Pyro still has a ways to go, he appears to be responding well to his treatment thus far which is a testament to his toughness and will and to the skill and dedication of his veterinary team at the Animal Referral Center and the many thoughts and prayers he has received from the community.

Suspect identified and charges have been recommended in K-9 stabbing

MONDAY 4/8/19 6:28 p.m.

The suspect in K-9 Pyro’s stabbing has been identified as Sai Vang.

Green Bay Police are recommending to the Brown County district attorney that Vang be charged with felony charges of harassment of a police animal causing injury, and second degree recklessly endangering safety. They are also recommending a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. 

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said in a news conference on Monday that Vang had called 911 and said he had a gun and would kill his father. He added that he would kill any police officer that came near the home.

Police arrived at the home on the 1300-block of Western Avenue Sunday night with the armored Bearcat vehicle. 

Police ordered Vang to come outside, and he did but did not surrender. 

After Vang ignored multiple police commands, officers deployed Pyro the K-9, who bit Vang. 

Chief Smith said officers did not know whether or not Vang was armed, and added that they did not know he had a knife. Officers did see him reaching for something in his waistband.

Vang pulled out a knife and stabbed Pyro three times around his throat and esophagus. 

Chief Smith said that despite being stabbed, Pyro didn’t let go of Vang until officers tased the suspect. They were then able to arrest him. 

Pyro was treated by his handler with an emergency kit donated by Bark N’ Blue, a nonprofit organization that supports K-9s. 

He was then rushed to a Green Bay animal hospital, then an Appleton animal hospital, where he underwent two surgeries. 

Chief Smith said if it was not for Pyro’s actions, there likely could have been shots fired at the suspect by officers. 

Pyro, GBPD K-9, in recovery following two surgeries

MONDAY 4/8/19 3:58 p.m.

Police say that Pyro is in recovery follow two major surgeries.

Pyro first underwent surgery at the Fox Cities Referral Center for life-threatening injuries to his neck.

According to the Referral Center, Dr. Ryan Demianiuk performed surgery to repair multiple soft tissue injuries to his neck and his esophagus. Pyro also received blood and plasma transfusions and a temporary tracheostomy. 

While in recovery, doctors found that Pyro also suffered a complication of a twisted stomach so he was taken back into surgery where the complication was repaired.

Pryo is in critical but stable condition.

Police say hospital costs are in excess of $25,000 and are asking the community for assistance. 

GBPD: “(Pyro) is a tough dog, (we’re) hoping for the best.”

MONDAY 4/8/19 10:32 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — In a phone call with Local 5, Green Bay Police say Pyro is still getting medical treatment, “as we speak,” which was at 10:30 Monday morning.

Police say Pyro was stabbed multiple times when responding to a call of a man with a gun.

According to officers, the suspect came out of the house after police had it surrounded.

Pryo was stabbed after biting the suspect while police were attempting the arrest.

GBPD holding 4 p.m. press conference on stabbed K-9

MONDAY 4/8/19 9:58 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — The Green Bay Police Department will be holding a press conference at 4 p.m. Monday in reference to the Green Bay Police Department K-9 being stabbed.

Local 5 will be streaming that event on facebook here: www.facebook.com/wfrvlocal5

Green Bay K-9 Stabbed During Arrest

MONDAY 4/8/29 5:32 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — A Green Bay K-9 has been hospitalized after he was stabbed during an arrest Sunday night.

At around 8:20 p.m., officers from the Green Bay Police Department were called to a home on the 1300 block of Western Avenue for a call of a disturbance. When the male suspect came out of the home, he reportedly stabbed the K-9 Pyro. The dog was then sent to an animal hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the suspect has been taken into custody.

Pyro is a Belgian and German tracking and narcotics dog. His condition is unknown at this time.

The Green Bay Police Department is expected to release more information on the incident Monday.

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