The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 9, 2014

VIDEO: Johnstown police learn how to help save K9 lives

JOHNSTOWN — The first member of the Johnstown Police Department to enter a dangerous situation is sometimes a K9.

By leading the way, they risk suffering significant injuries, such as broken legs, bloody cuts or gunshot wounds, which can require their human partners to quickly administer medical treatment. So, on Wednesday, members of the city’s K9 unit spent time receiving potentially life-saving instructions on how to treat their dogs from Karen Tiffany, an associate veterinarian at Richland Veterinary Hospital.

“The dogs actually go into some situations before the human beings do,” said Officer Michael Kanuch, head of the JPD’s K9 unit. “We want to make sure these guys are treated just like our human partners.”

Tiffany added, “It’s important for the dogs to be as well taken care of as the other officers because they’re working hard, too, and they could get some pretty serious injuries because sometimes they’re going to go first.”

Please see Thursday’s editions of The Tribune-Democrat for more details about this event.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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