An Oregon police dog pursuing a suspect had a run-in with a porcupine that left him with more than 200 quills, mainly in the face.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office K-9 named Odin was called to the Barview area Saturday night to search for 29-year-old Devin Wilson, authorities said.
Wilson, a suspect wanted on several felony warrants, had fled from a deputy on foot.
While trying to locate the man, Odin encountered the porcupine on a path and was left punctured with dozens of quills around his mouth, tongue and left eye.
The pursuit of the suspect was immediately suspended and Odin was rushed to the vet at the Hansen-Meekins Animal Hospital, where he was sedated and treated for more than two hours, cops said.
Before the bloody injury, Odin attended a “meet the public” event where he played with children at a local Easter egg hunt on the day before Easter.
In a statement the sheriff’s office said it “would like to offer thanks to the staff at Hansen-Meekins for their dedication and professional care, as well as to the public for the outpouring of support for K-9 Odin.”
Meanwhile, Wilson, who authorities say has committed new crimes along with his outstanding warrants, remains at large.
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