Pasco Police K-9 Lemon back on duty nearly a month after medical emergency

Pasco Police K-9 Lemon back on duty nearly a month after medical emergency
Courtesy: Pasco Police 

PASCO, Wash. — A Pasco police dog has returned to full duty nearly one month after having a medical emergency on Sept. 10.

Police say K-9 Lemon suffered gastric dilatation volvulus, also known as a “stomach flip,” which is a medical condition that can strangulate a dog’s intestines as a result of excessive gas buildup.

The condition can be fatal if it’s not operated on immediately.

K-9 Lemon’s handler, Ofc. Josh Madsen, recognized the problem and brought his faithful companion to Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service on Sandifur Parkway.

Since receiving treatment, K-9 Lemon has been unable to run, jump, take down criminals or actively sniff for drugs — until now.

On Monday, police announced in a Facebook post that he’s back to his regular duties.

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