Dog Saves Dog with Blood Transfusion

Published 09/13 2013 02:48PM

Updated 09/13 2013 02:50PM

(WSMV) A Rutherford County, Tennessee K-9 officer has gotten a second chance on life, thanks to another dog who is in need of rescuing, himself.

Ely, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, was helping deputies search for a shooting suspect Sunday, when he showed signs of heat distress.

Deputies gave him water and let him rest, but he soon collapsed.

"I didn't believe he'd live through the night," said his handler, Sgt. Lee Young.

Ely remains under a veterinarian's care, because his blood platelets had dropped to dangerously low levels and he started to hemorrhage Monday.

He has since made a remarkable recovery, thanks to Buddy, a 6-year-old Sheppard mix who gave a blood transfusion to Ely, which helped save his life.

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