The Bartholomew Co. Sheriff's Office released the following information about K9 Bravo's upcoming surgery:
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s K9, Bravo, a Belgian Malinois, will undergo surgery on both knees.
We believe that both injuries are work-related; however, neither workmen’s compensation nor insurance will cover the (approximately) $7,000 cost. “Although funding is not available in the Sheriff’s Office budget, our agency is intent on getting our four-legged partner the medical attention he needs”, said BCSO’s Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane.
“Bravo, whose handler is BCSO Deputy Leah Burton, is one-third of our K9 Unit”. “He is in good spirits but will have a long way to go through surgery and recovery” said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “I can’t stress enough the importance of this K9 Unit and the affect Bravo has had on finding and keeping illegal drugs out of our community”, added Sheriff Myers.
Along with his service to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Bravo has been a great deal of assistance to our Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) Unit and several out-of-county agencies.
Bravo has been in service since September, 2019. He has been deployed five times on foot pursuits, 86 times he has been deployed and located illegal drugs and he has assisted deputies with numerous warrant service.
In addition to taking calls for service, BCSO K9 units respond to crimes in progress, vehicular and foot pursuits, burglaries, robberies, missing/lost persons and other calls where a criminal suspect has fled the scene and canine deployment is required.